Kenneth Gant

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Kenneth Gant
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-04-18) April 18, 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth: Bartow, Florida
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school: Lakeland (FL) Kathleen
College: Albany State (GA)
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 9 / Pick: 221
Debuted in 1990 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
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Kenneth Dwayne Gant (born April 18, 1967)[1] is a retired American professional football athlete. He played the safety position while in the National Football League teams Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His nickname with the Cowboys was "The Shark". On the field, Gant had most of his impact on special teams. However, Cowboys fans remember him mostly for his celebratory antics—namely, The Shark Dance.

Early life and education[edit]

Gant was born in Bartow, Florida.[1] He attended high school at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Florida.

Afterwards, he attended Albany State University in Georgia, where he was a stand-out athlete. He played college football for the school's team.

Professional athletic career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Gant was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 9th round of the 1990 NFL draft. During training camp he was tried at cornerback, but the team eventually moved him to safety. As a rookie, he quickly became one of the best players in the special teams unit.

In 1991, he led the Cowboys special teams with 25 tackles. By 1992 he was a key component of the team's nickel defense, that led the NFL in preventing third-down conversions, allowing opponents a conversion rate of 27.2 percent. He also tied for the team lead in interceptions with 3. Gant was a member of the Cowboys Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII championship teams. He was nicknamed The Shark. During the 1992 season, before every Cowboys kickoff and after making big plays, Gant would perform a celebratory dance and/or pantomime dubbed The Shark Dance. Typically, Gant would strut around, flapping his elbows while holding his hand over his head to simulate a shark's dorsal fin.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

In 1995 he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to improve their special teams and nickel defense. Gant finished his career after three seasons with the Buccaneers, playing in a total of 113 games over 8 seasons in the NFL. He had 7 career interceptions.

Personal life[edit]

According to a follow-up article about Gant, he was married and has two children.[2] According to the 2011 article, he and his family resided in Tampa, Florida, where he worked at a warehouse.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Kenneth Gant". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  2. ^ a b Mullenax, Steven (30 August 2011). "Whatever happened to the dancing Kenny “The Shark” Gant?". The Landry Hat. Retrieved 25 May 2014.