Eddie Kennison

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Eddie Kennison
No. 88, 82, 85, 87, 86
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-01-20) January 20, 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Louisiana State University
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Debuted in 1996 for the St. Louis Rams
Last played in 2008 for the St. Louis Rams
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 548
Receiving yards 8,345
Touchdowns 42
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Edward Joseph "Eddie" Kennison, III (born January 20, 1973) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams 18th overall in the 1996 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana State University.

Kennison also played for the New Orleans Saints, the Chicago Bears, the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs between stints with the Rams.

Early years[edit]

Kennison attended Washington-Marion High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and was a star in both football and track. In football, as a senior, he was a Parade All-American despite playing only six games. He finished his senior year with 27 receptions for 497 yards (18.4 yards per reception avg.). As a junior, he hauled in 59 receptions for 1,205 yards (an average of 20.4 yards per reception) and 23 touchdowns. For his efforts, he was the first person in his school's history to have his number retired.

College career[edit]

Kennison was a noted sprinter in college, where he was a six-time All-America selection. He led the LSU Tigers track and field 4x100-meter relay team to the 1994 NCAA Outdoor Championship, and also qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and the 200 meters during his time at LSU.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

At his LSU Pro Day Kennison ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds and 4.32 seconds. He scored a 12 on the wonderlic test at the 1996 NFL Combine and measured 6-0½ and weighed 191 pounds.[1]

First stint with Rams[edit]

Kennison was selected 18th overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 1996 NFL Draft, a draft which was remarkably deep in wide receivers. On July 30, 1996, Kennison, signed a four-year, $6 million deal with a $2 million signing bonus. His first season with the Rams was excellent, as he finished second to Terry Glenn in yards and receptions for rookies, and led the rookie wide receiver class in touchdowns. It was noted regularly at the time that Kennison and Glenn had outproduced number one overall pick Keyshawn Johnson. He also was selected as an alternate to the Pro Bowl. His 1997 and 1998 seasons with the Rams were far less productive, as he battled nagging injuries in a lackluster Rams offense.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On February 18, 1999, Kennsion was traded to the New Orleans Saints for a second-round draft pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. Saints coach Mike Ditka said, "Our goal as coaches is to get Eddie back to the form he displayed as a rookie". In 1999 he led the team in receptions and yards. This Saints team was notable for using four different starting quarterbacks over the course of the year as they struggled to a 3–13 record.

Chicago Bears[edit]

On February 22, 2000, the Saints traded Kennison to the Chicago Bears for a fifth-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. "(Kennison) gives us another speed guy, and that's something you can't have enough of", his new coach said. With the Bears he continued a pattern of unspectacular but reliable production. He finished second on the team to Marcus Robinson in receiving yards, and tied Robinson for the team lead in receptions. His salary for the 2000 season was $1.02 million.

Denver Broncos[edit]

On April 5, 2001, Kennison signed a two-year, $1.8 million deal that includes a $500,000 signing bonus with the Denver Broncos. He earned a starting role out of training camp, but after eight unproductive games, Kennison requested to be released from the team only a few hours before a game in which he was scheduled to start. He stated at the time he had "lost his love for the game", and as a result Kennison retired and was released on November 15, 2001. The loss of Kennison, along with a severe injury to Ed McCaffrey decimated a once dominant Broncos corps of wide receivers.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Kennison unexpectedly resurfaced less than a month later, signing with the Broncos' arch-rival Kansas City Chiefs on December 3, 2001, to the outrage of Broncos coach Mike Shanahan.[2] Kennison's new contract was for two-years and $4.5 million with $3.2 guaranteed. Kennison would lead the Chiefs in receiving his first game as a starter.

On January 3, 2003, Kennison signed a six-year $9 million contract extension with the Chiefs. As a member of the Chiefs, from 2002 to 2006 Kennison averaged 59 receptions, 961 yards, and 5 touchdown catches during this span.

In 2007, Kennison sustained a severe hamstring injury on the first play of the regular season, and was plagued by the injury for the remainder of the season. He was released the following offseason on February 26, 2008.

Second stint with Rams[edit]

Kennison was re-signed by the Rams on September 9, 2008.[3] The team released rookie linebacker David Vobora to make room for Kennison.

Kennison was released by the Rams on October 7, then signed again just hours later after it was learned Rams wide receiver Dane Looker was not yet cleared to play after suffering a concussion.[4] He was released again on October 22.

Retirement[edit]

Kennison signed a one-day ceremonial contract with the Chiefs on July 19, 2010 so he could retire as a member of the team.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team G GS Rec Yards AVG TD Lg
1996 Stl 15 14 54 924 17.1 9 77
1997 Stl 14 9 25 404 16.2 0 76
1998 Stl 16 13 17 234 13.8 1 45
1999 NO 16 16 61 835 13.7 4 90
2000 Chi 16 10 55 549 10.0 2 26
2001 Den 8 8 15 169 11.3 1 65
2001 KC 5 5 16 322 20.1 0 65
2002 KC 16 14 53 906 17.1 2 64
2003 KC 16 16 56 853 15.2 5 51
2004 KC 14 14 62 1,086 17.5 8 70
2005 KC 16 16 68 1,102 16.2 5 55
2006 KC 16 16 53 860 16.2 5 51
2007 KC 8 8 13 101 7.8 0 18
2008 StL 3 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Totals 179 154 548 8,345 15.2 42 90

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kee, Loraine.(5-21-1996). "RAMS RECEIVER TREATED AS HERO AT `HIS' SCHOOL".[St. Louis Post-Dispatch]. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.majorwager.com/forums/mess-hall/133710-kc-wide-receiver-eddie-kennison-blasts-denver-broncos-coach-mike-shanahan.html
  3. ^ Thomas, Jim (2008-09-10). "10 years later, Kennison returns to Rams". Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  4. ^ http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/rams/story/94FC86E66F675E51862574DB007510C5?OpenDocument
  5. ^ "Kennison retires as a Chief". ESPN.com. July 19, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 

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Preceded by
Kevin Carter
Rams Rookie of the Year Award
1995
Succeeded by
David Thompson