Kevin Dyson

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Kevin Dyson
No. 87, 85
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-06-23) June 23, 1975 (age 38)
Place of birth: Logan, Utah
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
College: Utah
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Debuted in 1998 for the Tennessee Oilers
Last played in 2003 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 178
Receiving yards 2,325
Touchdowns 18
Stats at NFL.com

Kevin Tyree Dyson (born June 23, 1975) is a former American football wide receiver of the National Football League and current high school athletic director and football coach. He was originally drafted by the Tennessee Oilers 16th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Utah.[1]

Dyson is perhaps best known for his part in two historic NFL plays – the Music City Miracle and The Tackle.[2] Kevin Dyson and his brother Andre Dyson were the first brothers in NFL history to score touchdowns in the same game.[3] Dyson now serves as the athletic director and Assistant Principal at Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna, Tennessee, a public school in the Rutherford County Schools District.

Early life and college[edit]

Born in Logan, Utah,[4] Dyson graduated in 1993 from Clearfield High School in Clearfield, Utah.[3] In the fall of his senior year, he helped his team win the 1992 State 4A championship.

At the University of Utah, Dyson played on the Utah Utes football team for five seasons (1993 through 1997) and graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in sociology.[3][5][6] After retiring from football, Dyson would earn a Master of Education degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2007.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Dyson played for the Tennessee Titans from 1998 to 2002 wearing #87.[1] In the 1999 playoffs, he was involved in two of the most memorable plays in NFL history. Dyson was the recipient of Frank Wycheck's disputed lateral known by many as the Music City Miracle,[2] and he was tackled by Mike Jones "one yard short" of scoring the probable game-tying touchdown as time expired in Super Bowl XXXIV,[7] in a play known as The Tackle.[8]

Dyson played for the Carolina Panthers in 2003 but saw very little action due to injury.[7] He did appear briefly in Super Bowl XXXVIII. The San Diego Chargers acquired Dyson for the 2004 season,[9] but later released him.[10] In 2005 he signed with the Washington Redskins but was cut on September 3 when teams reduced their rosters to the final 53 players.[11][12] He finished his 6 NFL seasons with 178 receptions for 2,325 yards and 18 touchdowns in 59 regular-season games.[1]

Personal[edit]

Kevin Dyson is the older brother of NFL cornerback and former Titans teammate Andre Dyson.[13] He has lived in Nashville and Salt Lake City during his football career.[3][14]

Dyson was a counselor and wide receiver coach at Glencliff Comprehensive High School in Nashville from 2007 to 2009. Since 2008, Dyson has been on the board of the organization Students Taking A Right Stand. He later left to serve as the receivers and backs coach for Independence High School at Thompson's Station, Tennessee as well as the athletic director, eventually ascending to his current position as head coach in 2010.[6][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Kevin Dyson". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  2. ^ a b Magee, Jerry (2004-01-31). "Stuck in Music City: Dyson still fields questions on '99 postseason". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Kevin Dyson". Washington Redskins. Archived from the original on November 18, 2005. 
  4. ^ "Kevin Dyson". NFL. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Kevin Dyson". Independence High School (Tennessee). Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Kevin Dyson". LinkedIn.com. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Lopresti, Mike (2004-01-28). "One yard still drives Dyson". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  8. ^ Pedulla, Tom (2002-01-31). "Improbable hero saved Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  9. ^ Paris, Jay (2004-06-13). "Chargers' Dyson aims to avoid injury bug". North County Times. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  10. ^ Trotter, Jim (2004-09-06). "Chargers' (non) cuts a surprise". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  11. ^ "Redskins Sign WR Kevin Dyson". Washington Redskins. 2005-06-06. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  12. ^ White, Joseph (2005-09-04). "Dyson among players cut by Washington". The Free Lance–Star. Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  13. ^ Crouse, Karen (2006-08-04). "Jets Corner Starts Over After Missing Star Turn". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  14. ^ "Kevin Dyson". Tennessee Titans. 2001. Archived from the original on June 16, 2002. 
  15. ^ "Meet Kevin Dyson". Spring Hill Fresh. December 7, 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2012.