Kelvin Pritchett

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Kelvin Pritchett
No. 94, 93
Position: Defensive tackle, Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-10-24) October 24, 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth: Atlanta, GA
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High school: D.M. Therrell (GA)
College: Mississippi
NFL draft: 1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Third-team All-American (1990)
  • All-SEC (1990)
  • Second-team All-SEC (1989)
  • Ole Miss Team of the Century
Career NFL statistics
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Kelvin Pritchett (born October 24, 1969) is a former American football defensive tackle.

Pritchett was a first round selection by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1991 NFL Draft out of the University of Mississippi. However, Pritchett was traded to the Detroit Lions, who he played for, during 10 years and two stints with the team. He played for the Lions from 1991-1994 and again from 1999-2004. Pritchett played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1995-1998.

Early years[edit]

Pritchett attended Therrell High School, before moving on to the University of Mississippi.

As a senior he received third-team All-American honors, after registering 95 tackles, 8 sacks and two forced fumbles. He finished his college career with 259 tackles.[1]

In 2008, he was inducted into the Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Lions (first stint)[edit]

Pritchett was selected in the first round (20th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, who traded him immediately to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a second round (#37-Dixon Edwards), third round (#64-James Richards) and fourth round (#108-Tony Hill) selections.[3][4] He became a starter at right defensive end in his second year and registered a career-high 6.5 sacks.

In 1993, he started the last five regular season games, recording 42 tackles (33 solo) and 4 sacks. The next year he finished second on the team with 5.5 sacks and a career-high 74 tackles.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Pritchett signed as free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars before the start of the franchise first season in 1995, with the intention of playing him at defensive tackle.[5] It was a four-year, $8.6 million contract.

In 1997, he started five games in place of John Jurkovic, who was lost for the year with a broken leg suffered on September 22. Pritchett tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a one-on-one drill on November 4, finishing the season on the injured reserve list.[6]

Detroit Lions (second stint)[edit]

On April 22, 1999, he was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Lions.[7] He was became a key backup, registering 26 tackles (20 solo).

In 2004, although he was a third-string defensive tackle, he was also a part of the the kickoff wedge team (Jared DeVries, Tyrone Hopson and Cory Schlesinger) that received a special teams recognition from USA Today's "All-Joe Team".[8]

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, he intended to vote by absentee ballot until a friend forgot to pick it up for him, so he had to fly to Jacksonville (his previous residence address) to cast his ballot and return to Detroit on the same day.[9]

Pritchett appeared twice (1994, 1995) as a guest in the Home Improvement TV series.