Larry Brinson

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Larry Brinson
Larry Brinson in 2010.jpg
Brinson visits the Kentucky Army National Guard in 2010.
No. 36
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-06-06)June 6, 1954
Place of birth: Opa-locka, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami (FL) Northwestern
College: Florida
Undrafted in 1977
Debuted in 1977 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1980 for the Seattle Seahawks
Coaching debut in 1983 for the Air Force Falcons
Last coached in 2010 for the Kentucky Wildcats
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career NFL statistics
Games played 45
Attempts 56
Rushing yards 229
Touchdowns 4
Kick return yards 525
Stats at
Stats at

Larry Sylvesta Brinson (born June 6, 1954) is an American college football coach and former college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Brinson played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, played professionally for the Dallas Cowboys. His last coaching position was the running backs coach at the University of Kentucky.

Early years[edit]

Brinson was born in Opa-locka, Florida in 1954.[1] He attended Miami Northwestern Senior High School,[2] where he played high school football for the Miami Northwestern Bulls.

College career[edit]

Brinson accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Doug Dickey's Florida Gators football team from 1973 to 1976.[3] He graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in 1977.

Professional career[edit]

Brinson signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1977, and he played three seasons as a backup running back and kickoff returner for the Cowboys,[4] including Super Bowl XII and Super Bowl XIII.[1] Brinson finished his NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks during the 1980 season.[2] During his four-season NFL career, he appeared in forty-five regular season games.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from the NFL, Brinson became the running backs coach for head coach Ken Hatfield at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1983.[5] Hatfield was a Florida Gators assistant coach when Brinson was a Gators running back.[6] Hatfield's offensive scheme was run-oriented, emphasizing Brinson's area of expertise.[5] Brinson moved with Hatfield and became the running backs coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas (1984–89), the Clemson Tigers at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina (1990–93) and the Rice Owls at Rice University in Houston, Texas (1994–2005).[5] In 2007, Brinson joined the Kentucky Wildcats coaching staff at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, also as running backs coach, and stayed in that position through the 2010 season.[5]


Brinson has two daughters and a son.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c, Players, Larry Brinson. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  2. ^ a b, Players, Larry Brinson. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  3. ^ 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 95, 97, 176 (2012). Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  4. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Larry Brinson. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d e Kentucky Athletics, Football, Coaching Staff, Larry Brinson Profile. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  6. ^, Football History, All-Time Assistant Coaches. Retrieved July 20, 2010.


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