Brinson visits the Kentucky Army National Guard in 2010.
|Date of birth:June 6, 1954|
|Place of birth: Opa-locka, Florida|
|High school: Miami (FL) Northwestern|
|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 highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
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.
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. He graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in 1977.
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, including Super Bowl XII and Super Bowl XIII. Brinson finished his NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks during the 1980 season. During his four-season NFL career, he appeared in forty-five regular season games.
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. Hatfield was a Florida Gators assistant coach when Brinson was a Gators running back. Hatfield's offensive scheme was run-oriented, emphasizing Brinson's area of expertise. 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). 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.
Brinson has two daughters and a son.
- Florida Gators football, 1970–79
- List of Dallas Cowboys players
- List of Florida Gators football players in the NFL
- List of Seattle Seahawks players
- List of University of Florida alumni
- Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Larry Brinson. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
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- National Football League, Historical Players, Larry Brinson. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
- Kentucky Athletics, Football, Coaching Staff, Larry Brinson Profile. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
- GatorZone.com, Football History, All-Time Assistant Coaches. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
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