Lincoln Kennedy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Lincoln Kennedy
No. 66, 75, 72
Personal information
Born: (1971-02-12) February 12, 1971 (age 48)
York, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:335 lb (152 kg)
Career information
High school:San Diego (CA) Morse
NFL Draft:1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:169
Games started:142
Fumbles recovered:9
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR
Player stats at

Tamerlane Lincoln Kennedy, Jr. (born February 12, 1971) is an American former professional football player who was an offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for the Washington Huskies, and was recognized as an All-American. A first-round draft pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders of the NFL and 3 years for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League. He is currently a broadcaster for Fox Sports and Premiere Radio Networks.

Early years[edit]

Kennedy was born in York, Pennsylvania,[1] and grew up in the southeast part of San Diego, California. He graduated from Samuel F.B. Morse High School in San Diego,[2] and played high school football for the Morse Tigers.

College career[edit]

Kennedy attended the University of Washington, where he played for the Huskies. In 1991 and 1992, he was the recipient of the Morris Trophy, awarded annually to the outstanding offensive lineman in the Pacific-10 Conference. In 1992, he was also recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.

Kennedy was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015.[3]

Professional career[edit]

National Football League[edit]

Kennedy was the ninth overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft taken by the Atlanta Falcons,[4] and he played for the Falcons from 1993 to 1995.[5] He started at left guard throughout his rookie season, but lost the job the following year to another first-year player, Dave Richards out of UCLA. After a disappointing 1995 season, Kennedy was traded to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 1997 NFL draft, where he started at right tackle in all but three games of his seven-year tenure there. As a member of the Raiders, Kennedy was named to three consecutive Pro Bowls and anchored the offensive line in Super Bowl XXXVII.

After leaving the field in 2004, Kennedy's degree in speech communications prepared him to accept a position with the NFL Network as one of the hosts of NFL Total Access. [6]

In 2005, his attempted comeback with the Dallas Cowboys failed due to his inability to pass the team physical.

Arena Football League[edit]

In 2007, 2008 and 2010 he played for the Tampa Bay Storm in the Arena Football League.


Kennedy currently works for Fox Sports Radio as show co-host. He also has called Pac-10 college football games as the color analyst and as a track reporter during NASCAR races. In 2013, he joined the Oakland Raiders radio broadcast team and in 2018 was promoted to color commentator alongside play-by-play announcer Brent Musburger. He has also been a guest co-host on San Francisco radio station 95.7 The Game.

Other information[edit]

His birth name was Tamerlane Fizel Kennedy Jr., but his mother called him 'Little Lincoln', referring to their shared birthday (February 12). The nickname stuck, and Lincoln had it legally changed after college.

He also made an appearance in the movie The Marine.

During a game against the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium, Kennedy went after a fan who hit him in the face with a snowball. [7]

Once, not long after the death of John F. Kennedy Jr., Kennedy made the remark on ESPN's SportsCenter that, "My name's Lincoln Kennedy, I ain't got a chance," in reference to the assassination of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.

Kennedy made an appearance on the TV show Arli$$ in 2000, Episode: 504 "Comings and Goings" and appeared in Two and a Half Men in 2005, ("Principal Gallagher's Lesbian Lover").

Kennedy held the all-time record on the "Wall of Fame" at Seattle eatery Shultzy's Sausage before the restaurant changed locations and did away with the Wall. In his record-setting effort, he consumed 11 of the restaurant's signature link sausages on French rolls and a large Coca-Cola within one hour.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Lincoln Kennedy. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  2. ^, Players, Lincoln Kennedy. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1993 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  5. ^, Players, Lincoln Kennedy. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "Pro Bowl tackle Kennedy to retire". Archived from the original on December 10, 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2007.
  7. ^ "Ugly sports incidents nothing new". USA Today. November 20, 2004. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  8. ^ "Washington's Willis has appetite for greatness". Retrieved June 21, 2008.[dead link]

External links[edit]