Fred Vinson (American football)
|Date of birth:||April 2, 1977|
|Place of birth:||North Augusta, South Carolina|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight:||180 lb (82 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47|
|Green Bay Packers (NFL)
Seattle Seahawks (NFL)
Carolina Cobras (AFL)
Fred Vinson (born April 2, 1977 in North Augusta, South Carolina), is a former American football cornerback.
He is the cousin of National Football League safety Corey Chavous and is also related to Barney Chavous, former defensive end/defensive tackle for the Denver Broncos.
High school & college
When he was ten years old, Vinson competed in the Utah Junior Olympics, where his 40-yard dash time was 2/100ths behind the national best. He attended North Augusta High School where he was an All-Area and All-Conference selection after recording ninety-nine tackles as a senior. He attended Vanderbilt University where he played every game as a freshman, starting one and garnering thirty tackles. The following season, he won a full-time starting job and had a career-high fifty-three tackles, thirty-nine of them solo. In 1997, his total increased to forty-eight tackles, with forty-four of them solo. He began his senior season as the starter for Vanderbilt, but was injured in an early contest, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.
Despite the injury, Vinson was selected in the second round with the 47th overall selection in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played as a nickelback and had nineteen tackles and two interceptions. After one season with the Packers, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for running back Ahman Green and a fifth-round draft pick. Vinson suffered a torn ACL during the preseason in a pickup basketball game and was forced to miss the season. After another injury the following offseason, he was released. He attempted a comeback with the Carolina Panthers, but did not a play a game.
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