|Date of birth:July 28, 1977|
|Place of birth: Ashland, Virginia|
|High school: Ashland (VA) Patrick Henry|
|NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 3 / Pick: 68|
|Debuted in 2000 for the Tennessee Titans|
|Last played in 2006 for the Tennessee Titans|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2005
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Erron Quincy Kinney (born July 28, 1977) is an American former college and professional football player who was a tight end in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons during the early 2000s. Kinney played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL.
Kinney was born in Ashland, Virginia in 1977. He attended Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, where he played for the Patrick Henry Patriots high school football team. Among his Patriots teammates was Damien Woody, future lineman for the New York Jets. Kinney and Woody were members of the 1994 Patriots football team that won the Virginia high school football state championship.
Kinney accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1996 to 1999. The Gators coaching staff redshirted him as a true freshman in 1995, but he was a varsity letterman for the 12–1 1996 Gators team that defeated the Florida State Seminoles in the Sugar Bowl to win the Bowl Alliance national championship. Kinney finished his college career with thirty-nine receptions for 507 yards and five touchdowns.
While attending the University of Florida, Kinney majored in elementary education.
The Tennessee Titans selected Kinney in the third round (68th pick overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft, and he played for the Titans from 2000 to 2006. In 2005, he had a career year hauling in fifty-five receptions for 543 yards. He finished his seven-year NFL career with 178 receptions for 1,750 yards (an average of 9.8 yards per reception) and ten touchdowns.
Life after football
Interested in fire safety since childhood, on July 28, 2008, Kinney was sworn in as a firefighter in the fire department of the Nashville, Tennessee suburb of Brentwood. In 2004, Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen appointed him to a seven-year term with the Tennessee State Firefighting Commission, an organization that tests and certifies firefighters in the state. Kinney was a captain with the St. Andrews Fire Department in Charleston, South Carolina. He was hired as the first fire chief for the City of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee Fire Department on March 12, 2013.
He conducts a youth football camp at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee every summer.
- Florida Gators
- Florida Gators football, 1990–99
- History of the Tennessee Titans
- List of Florida Gators football players in the NFL
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- Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 2000 National Football League Draft. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
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