I am excited to be a part of this special ‘Football Mentor’ project and I’m confident that my NFL and coaching experience will be helpful for young athletes.
My NFL career began in 1985 when the Packers drafted me in the 8th round out of the University of Wisconsin. I was an All Big Ten cornerback with the Badgers but the Packers moved me to strong safety, the position I played my first year with the Badgers.
I started my first ever NFL game on Monday Night Football versus the Chicago Bears. Within three weeks I was permanently moved into the starting line-up and held that position until I left the team via free agency to play with the Minnesota Vikings in 1989. I was the Vikings’ starting free safety until 1991 when I tore my right Gastrocnemius muscle, an injury that ended my career. After my retirement I went back to the University of Wisconsin in 1991 and completed my bachelors degree in communications in 1993.
I now live in Florida and my oldest son, Kenny Jr., is a starting wide receiver for the Oklahoma Sooners. [read more…]
I was employed with the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe as the Secondary and Special Teams Coordinator between 2001-05. Additionally, I was an NFL scout for NFL Europe. Prior to my employment with the Galaxy I spent time as the Secondary Coach with Palomar Junior College and the Running Backs/Tight Ends coach with the Los Angeles Extreme of the XFL where we won the XFL Championship in 2002. I have also coached the Secondary at two colleges and was the Head Coach of an indoor football franchise.
My philosophies relative to football, based on my experiences as a player and coach, revolve around a team first principle. No one player makes an entire team, only the combined efforts of each player, with the team concept as the number one priority, will make a great team. All the teams I have been involved with as a player or a coach have succeeded based on that principle.
Additionally, work ethic separates an average player from a great player, not talent. I have seen many talented players over the course of my career who were blessed with God given talent but fell short of their goals due to their lack of a good work ethic.
Occasionally on ‘MyFootballMentor’ I will attempt to give you my insight, as a former player and coach, as to the in’s and out’s of football in the NFL and how today’s game has evolved to what it is now. I will give you my evaluations of each position on the field from a player’s perspective, my opinions as professional coach, as well as my perspective from your point of view as a player, parent or fan. I look forward to being a part of “My Football Mentor” and giving you my reflections on a sport that allowed me to live my childhood dream as an NFL football player.