Preston Dennard

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Preston Dennard
Date of birth (1955-11-28) November 28, 1955 (age 61)
Place of birth Cordele, Georgia
Career information
Position(s) Wide receiver
College New Mexico
Career history
As player
1978–1983 Los Angeles Rams
1984 Buffalo Bills
1985 Green Bay Packers
Career stats

Preston Jackson Dennard (born November 28, 1955, in Cordele, Georgia) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers. He played college football at the University of New Mexico.

College career[edit]

A stellar three-sport athlete in high school in Tempe, Ariz., Dennard exploded onto the college scene at the University of New Mexico in 1974. He became the first Lobo freshman to garner first team All-WAC honors. In 1975, Dennard finished third in the nation in receiving. He was first team all-league in 1976. By his senior year, Dennard held every receiving record at UNM. He caught 142 passes for 2,257 yards, numbers that still rank high in the Lobo record book.

Professional career[edit]

Dennard then spent nine seasons in the NFL, playing for Los Angeles, Buffalo and Green Bay. His career numbers were 232 receptions for 3,665 yards and 30 TDs. He was a starter for the Rams in the 1980 Super Bowl and was twice nominated for the NFL Man of the Year award.

Personal life[edit]

After football, Dennard engaged in private enterprises. He attended and graduated from the Columbia School of Broadcasting and managed his own public speaking career. He coached at Cal State Fullerton and UNM for a short time, then went to work as a broadcaster.

Dennard has volunteered for countless charities and served on a variety of Board of Directors. He is known throughout the Albuquerque community not only for his sports celebrity but also for his generous contributions to youth leadership programs, sports camps and clinics, celebrity tournaments and drug prevention.

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