Keith Jennings (American football)

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Keith Jennings
No. 84, 85
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-05-19) May 19, 1966 (age 49)
Place of birth: Summerville, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 262 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school: Summerville High School
College: Clemson
NFL draft: 1989 / Round: 5 / Pick: 113
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career NFL statistics
Games: 92
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Keith O'Neal Jennings (born May 19, 1966) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League. He played for eight seasons for the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears. He also played college football at Clemson University.

Early years[edit]

Jennings attended Summerville High School, where he was a high school All-American and an All-State football player, while helping his team win 3 Division I-AAAA state championships. He accepted a scholarship to play at Clemson University, where he became a starter at wide receiver as a junior.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Jennings was selected in the fifth round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, with the intention of converting him into a tight end, even though he didn't have any previous experience at that position. He was waived injured on September 2, 1990.

Denver Broncos[edit]

On July 3, 1991, he was signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos.[2] He was released on August 26, 1991.[3]

Montreal Machine (WLAF)[edit]

In 1991, he played for the Montreal Machine of the World League of American Football.[4]

Chicago Bears[edit]

On October 18, 1991, Jennings was signed as a free agent to replace Cap Boso who had suffered a career-ending knee injury. With the Chicago Bears he developed into a blocking tight end and by his second season, he was named the starter in place of James Thornton, who was placed on the injured reserve list.

He was released on August 28, 1994 and later re-signed on October 24, after starter Chris Gedney was lost for the season.[5]

In 1995, he recorded the most touchdowns by a Bears tight end (6) since Mike Ditka's finished with 8 in 1963. The following season he was placed on the injured reserve list with a broken left leg, after the sixth game of the season.[6] He was waived injured on December 10, 1997.[7]

Detroit Lions[edit]

On August 4, 1998, he signed with the Detroit Lions,[8] before being waived on August 30.[9]

Las Vegas Outlaws (XFL)[edit]

With the Las Vegas Outlaws, he served as a reserve tight end during the 2001 season.[10]

Personal life[edit]

His older brother Stanford Jennings played for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL.[11]


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