|No. 36, 28|
March 12, 1962 |
Summerville, South Carolina
|NFL Draft:||1984 / Round: 3 / Pick: 65|
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Stanford Jamison Jennings (born March 12, 1962) is a former American football running back in the NFL. Jennings played seven seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals (1984–1990), and one each for the New Orleans Saints (1991) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1992). He played college football at Furman University. Jennings returned a 93-yard kickoff for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXIII.
Jennings was born to Walter and Fannie Jennings, both laborers on a dairy farm. He attended Summerville High School in Summerville, South Carolina. In three seasons with Jennings at tailback, Summerville lost only two games—none his junior and senior seasons—and he led the Green Wave to back-to-back Class 4A state titles in 1978-79. Jennings, who split time with two other tailbacks, was not heavily recruited by college programs. His final choices were The Citadel and Furman University.
Jennings selected Furman, helping the Paladins win Southern Conference championships each of his four seasons. Furman went 36-9-2 during Jennings' stay, with shocking wins over South Carolina and Georgia Tech. Jennings starred at Furman—in four seasons, he rushed for 3,868 yards on 650 carries (a 6.0 average) and 39 touchdowns, with 76 receptions for 865 yards (an 11.4 average) and four receiving touchdowns. He was the 1981 SoCon Player of the Year
Jennings was chosen in the third round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Primarily a kick returner and backup running back, he had his most productive season from scrimmage his rookie year of 1984. He played 15 games (starting four) and rushing for 379 yards on 79 attempts (a 4.8 average) and two touchdowns and caught 35 passes for 346 yards and two receiving touchdowns—all career bests. His top year as a kick returner was 1988, with career highs of 32 returns for 684 yards, including a 98-yard touchdown return (the longest of the season in the NFL) against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jennings finished his nine-season NFL career with 1,250 rushing yards, 116 receptions for 1,098 yards, and 2,965 yards returning kickoffs. He also scored 20 touchdowns. His 2,752 kickoff return yards with Cincinnati stood as a Bengals franchise record until surpassed by Tremain Mack in 2000.