Kenneth Dement

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Kenneth Dement
Born: (1933-02-13)February 13, 1933
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Died: February 15, 2013(2013-02-15) (aged 80)
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Career information
Position(s) Offensive tackle
Defensive tackle
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg)
College Southeast Missouri State University
NFL draft 1955 / Round: 25 / Pick: 296
(by the New York Giants)

Kenneth "Redneck" Dement (February 13, 1933 – February 15, 2013) was an American football offensive tackle/defensive tackle. He played college football for Southeast Missouri State University. He was a 25th round selection (296th overall) selection by the New York Giants in the 1955 NFL Draft. But instead of playing professionally, Dement joined the United States Marines Corps where he achieved the rank of captain. After his military career, Dement went back to school, earning a law degree at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He returned to Sikeston, Missouri where he had grown up and began practicing law. From 1976 until 1981, he served on the Board of Regents for Southeast Missouri State University, including in the role as its president. Dement was once interviewed by Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes regarding a court case.[1] He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998. He had six children including one who preceded him in death. Dement died on February 15, 2013, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.[2] He was 80.


  1. ^ "In Memory of Kenneth Lee Dement". Retrieved 2013-02-16.
  2. ^ "Local community leader Kenny Dement dies". 2013-02-16. Archived from the original on 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2013-02-16.