Larry Kirksey

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Larry Kirksey
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Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born Harlan, KY
Playing career
1970–1973 Eastern Kentucky
Position(s) Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974–1976 Miami (OH) (QB/WR/TE)
1977–1981 Kentucky (WR/TE)
1982 Kansas (WR/TE)
1983 Kentucky State
1984–1988 Florida (RB)
1989 Pittsburgh (RB)
1990–1993 Alabama (RB)
1994–1999 San Francisco 49ers (WR)
2000 Texas A&M (AHC/WR)
2001–2002 Detroit Lions (WR)
2003 Jacksonville Jaguars (WR)
2004 Denver Broncos (assistant ST)
2006 Middle Tennessee (AHC/RB)
2007–2013 Houston Texans (WR)
Head coaching record
Overall 2–7–2

Larry Kirksey is a former National Football League coach with 17 years experience coaching in the League and an additional 22 years of coaching experience in the college ranks.

Coaching career[edit]

Miami (Ohio)[edit]

Kirksey got his start in coaching as the wide receivers/tight ends coach at Miami (Ohio) in 1974, and remained there for three seasons.

University of Kentucky[edit]

Kirksey coached wide receivers and tight ends for the Wildcats from 1977–81.

Kansas University[edit]

He spent the 1982 season coaching wide receivers and tight ends for the Jayhawks.

Kentucky State University[edit]

Kirksey was the 18th head football coach for the Kentucky State University Thorobreds located in Frankfort, Kentucky and he held that position for the 1983 season. His career coaching record at Kentucky State was 2 wins, 7 losses, and 2 ties (.273).[1]

University of Florida[edit]

He coached running backs at the University of Florida under Charlie Pell and Galen Hall from 1984-88. During his tenure at Florida, he coached star running backs Lorenzo Hampton, Neal Anderson, John L. Williams and Emmitt Smith.

University of Pittsburgh[edit]

After leaving Florida, Kirksey spent one year as running backs coach at Pittsburgh.

University of Alabama[edit]

From 1990–93, Kirksey coached running backs for Alabama, where he helped lead the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1992. Kirksey's running backs led the SEC with 252 rushing yards per game.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

In 1994, Kirksey began his NFL career coaching the NFL's all-time reception and receiving yards leader, Jerry Rice. Under Kirksey, Rice set a then-NFL record with 1,848 receiving yards and had a career-high 122 receptions in 1995. From 1994-99, Rice caught 606 passes for 6,666 yards. Kirksey's receivers helped set a Super Bowl record in Super Bowl XXIX with six touchdown catches, including three by Rice.

Detroit Lions[edit]

From 2001-02, Kirksey coached wide receivers for the Detroit Lions, where wide receiver Johnnie Morton had his best season during his NFL career: 77 catches, 1,154 yards and four touchdowns.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Kirksey spent 2003 as the wide receivers coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where Jimmy Smith led the team with 54 receptions despite missing four games.

Middle Tennessee State[edit]

Kirksey helped lead Middle Tennessee State to the 2006 Sun Belt Conference title and a Motor City Bowl berth as the assistant head coach and running backs coach for the Blue Raiders in 2005.

Houston Texans[edit]

Kirksey was most recently the wide receivers coach for the Houston Texans. In seven seasons under Kirksey's tutelage, Andre Johnson averaged an NFL-best 93.6 yards per game, led the League in receiving yards in 2008 and 2009, and led the NFL in receptions in 2008. Johnson joined Jerry Rice as the only receivers in NFL history to lead the League in receiving yards in consecutive seasons and joined Marvin Harrison as the only receivers to surpass 1,500 yards in back-to-back years.


Kirksey earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky in 1974, where he was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at wide receiver. As a senior, he earned all-conference honors. He was out of coaching in 2005 while serving as deputy executive director of the Kentucky Sports Authority. He and wife Anita have two children, Jessica and Jared. [2]


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