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Kenton Keith
No. 21     Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: July 14, 1980 (1980-07-14) (age 29)
Place of birth: Lincoln, Nebraska
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: New Mexico State
Undrafted in 2002
Debuted in 2003 for the Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x West Division All-Star (2004, 2006)
  • West Division Most Outstanding Player (2006)
Stats at
Stats at

Kenton Jermaine Keith (born July 14, 1980 in Lincoln, Nebraska) is a Canadian football running back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football at New Mexico State.

Keith has also been a member of the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts.


Early years

Keith played high school football at Omaha Benson High School, averaging better than 11 yards per carry as a junior and better than 13 yards per carry as a senior.

College career

Kenton then attended New Mexico State University rushing for 2,134 yards over four seasons.

Professional career


Saskatchewan Roughriders

Keith signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2001. In the spring of 2004, he signed with the New York Jets of the National Football League, but never made the team, and returned to the CFL where he was a West Division All-Star in 2006.

Indianapolis Colts

Keith signed with the Indianapolis Colts early 2007.[1] He was a second string running back for the Indianapolis in 2007, backing up feature back Joseph Addai. Keith had his first 100 yard rushing game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 33-17 win with the Colts.

On August 30, 2008, Keith was released by the Colts during final cuts.[2]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Keith was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on September 22, 2008.[3]


Kenton's father Percy Keith played collegiately at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1976-1980), and briefly in the NFL. Keith is also a cousin of former NFL running back Roger Craig.

2008 arrest

Keith was arrested outside an Indianapolis nightclub after 3 a.m. on several charges, including disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement. Other charges were public intoxication and "contributing to the delinquincy of a minor." after helping a 19 year old enter the club. He was part of a large group of people gathered in the parking lot. Witnesses said that Keith and several others continued to lean in cars, dance in the parking lot and yell and scream despite several warnings to leave the area. They also said that Keith was drunk and smelled of alcohol and had glassy eyes. Police allegedly asked Keith to be quiet in a parking lot after the club closed. Keith responded that he "would not be quiet," that he played for the Colts, and that he'd leave "when he got ready."[4]


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