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Jeff Kinney
Running back
Jersey #(s)
35, 31, 36
Born November 1, 1949 (1949-11-01) (age 60)
Oxford, Nebraska
 United States
Career information
Year(s) 19721976
NFL Draft 1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
College Nebraska
Professional teams
Career stats
Rushing yards 1285
Average 3.6
Touchdowns 5
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Career highlights and awards

Jeffrey Bruce "Jeff" Kinney (born November 1, 1949) is a former professional football player, a running back for the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills of the NFL. At 6'2" and 215 lb., Kinney was selected by the Chiefs in the first round of the 1972 NFL Draft, the 23rd overall pick. He is an alumnus of the University of Nebraska.[1][2]

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Kinney was born in Oxford, Nebraska, and raised in McCook, where he graduated from high school in 1968. He played college football at Nebraska under head coach Bob Devaney, with future head coach Tom Osborne as offensive coordinator.[3] A three-year starter (1969-71), Kinney was the tailback (I-back) on the national championship teams of 1970 and 1971, and the Huskers' leading rusher in 1969 and 1971. He wore #35, often in a tatters, as tear-away jerseys were common for collegiate offensive backs in the early 1970s.

In the "Game of the Century" against the unbeaten Oklahoma Sooners in Norman on Thanksgiving Day 1971, Kinney rushed for 171 yards on 31 carries (5.5 avg.) and scored four touchdowns, the final one with less than two minutes remaining to put Nebraska ahead 35-31, the final score.[4] The Huskers went 13-0 in 1971 and were consensus national champions; they defeated the next three teams in the final AP poll: Oklahoma, Colorado (31-7 in Lincoln), and Alabama (38-6 in the Orange Bowl). The 1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers are considered among the most dominant teams in college football history. Kinney finished the 1971 season with 1155 yards rushing on 242 carries (4.8 avg.) and 17 touchdowns. [5]

Kinney was the second of three Nebraska Cornhuskers selected in the first round
of the 1972 NFL Draft (QB Jerry Tagge - 11th, DT Larry Jacobson - 24th).


  1. ^ Jeff Kinney at Pro Football Reference
  2. ^ Jeff Kinney at Database Football
  3. ^ - Jeff Kinney interview - 2004-07-02 - accessed 2009-11-09
  4. ^ - NU @ OU 1971 - accessed 2009-11-06
  5. ^ - 1971 NU statistics - accessed 2009-11-06

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