Bruiser Kinard

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Bruiser Kinard
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Position: Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1914-10-23)October 23, 1914
Place of birth: Pelahatchie, Mississippi
Date of death: September 7, 1985(1985-09-07) (aged 70)
Place of death: Jackson, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Jackson (MS) Central
College: Ole Miss
NFL Draft: 1938 / Round: 3 / Pick: 18
Career history
As player:
As coach:
As administrator:
  • Ole Miss (1971–1973)
    Athletic director
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-AAFC (1945)
  • 6× First-team All-NFL (1938, 1940–1944)
  • Pro Bowl (1938–1942)
  • Second-team All-NFL (1939)
Player stats at PFR

Frank Manning "Bruiser" Kinard Sr. (October 23, 1914 – September 7, 1985) was a professional American football player for the Brooklyn Dodgers/Tigers of the National Football League (NFL) and the New York Yankees of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC).[1] He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. He played college football at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

Bruiser lettered for the Ole Miss Rebels from 1935 to 1937 and served as co-captain of the 1937 Ole Miss squad. While playing tackle, the Rebels compiled a record of 18–13–3 including a 9–3 record in 1936 which featured the school's first appearance in a bowl game, a 20–19 loss to Catholic University in the 1936 Orange Bowl. He was an All-American and All-SEC pick in 1936 and 1937. Bruiser was the school's first All-American football player.

Kinard played in the 1938 Chicago All-Star game and was voted to the Southern Living South's Greatest Players Team. He was inducted into the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. He is a charter member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, having been inducted in the inaugural class in 1961 along with Edwin Hale, Dudy Noble, and Stanley L. Robinson. He is also a member of the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame.

During his career as an outstanding tackle in the pro ranks, Kinard was a five-time All-Pro in his nine years of professional football. After his playing career, he joined Johnny Vaught's coaching staff at Ole Miss and served as an offensive line coach from 1948 to 1970. He later served as athletic director at Ole Miss, from 1971 until 1973. Kinard is a member of the Ole Miss Team of the Century (1893–1992).


  1. ^ "Bruiser Kinard". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 

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