Howard Kindig
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Personal information
Born: (1941-06-22) June 22, 1941 (age 81)
Mexico, Missouri
Career information
High school:Mexico (MO)
NFL Draft:1964 / Round: 13 / Pick: 170
AFL Draft:1964 / Round: 14 / Pick: 112
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played–started:112–9
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at

Howard Wayne Kindig, Jr. (born June 22, 1941) is a former American football defensive end who played ten seasons in the American Football League and the National Football League, mainly with the Buffalo Bills.

Kindig started his NFL career as a defensive end with the San Diego Chargers in 1965.[1] After 3 seasons with San Diego he moved to the Bills, where he played defensive end, offensive tackle and center.[1] Kindig decided to retire after the 1971 season with the Bills, but the Miami Dolphins traded for his rights in exchange for defensive tackle Frank Cornish and a conditional draft pick.[1] Kindig was able to make the Dolphins 1972 team after Jim Langer beat out Miami's 1971 starting center Bob DeMarco for the 1972 starting center position and DeMarco did not want to serve as the backup, opening a spot for Kindig.[1]

Kindig was the long snapper for the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins, which completed a 17-0 season by defeating the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII. After the Super Bowl, Redskin coach George Allen claimed that one of the key plays in Miami's victory was a penalty Kindig drew on Washington linebacker Harold McLinton, when McLinton attempted to steal the ball from Kindig when he was long snapping on a punt, and the penalty allowed Miami to retain possession of the ball.[2] Kindig broke his thumb during the 1973 preseason and missed the entire season, in which Miami won a 2nd consecutive Super Bowl.[3][4]

Kindig was traded by Miami to the Redskins before the 1974 season in exchange for a draft pick, but was cut by the Redskins before the 1974 season began.[5][6] He started the 1974 season with the Jacksonville Sharks of the World Football League after signing a contract that was supppsed to pay him $75,000 per year for three years.[7] He signed with the NFL New York Jets after the Sharks stopped paying its players and disbanded in the middle of the 1974 season.[7][8] He returned to the WFL with the Jacksonville Express for the 1975 season but was released before the end of the season.[9][10]

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  1. ^ a b c d Galvin, Terry (November 30, 1972). "Another Dolphin No-Name". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 2021-07-08 – via
  2. ^ Florence, Mal (January 15, 1973). "Kilmer Shoulders Blame for Defeat 'Didn't Throw Well'". The Los Angeles Times. pp. 1, 6. Retrieved 2021-07-08 – via
  3. ^ Braucher, Bill (August 26, 1976). "Snapping to Wife Sharpened Accuracy". The Miami Herald. p. 1-E. Retrieved 2021-07-08 – via
  4. ^ Braucher, Bill (August 26, 1976). "Injuries Depleting Dolphins". The Miami Herald. p. 1-E. Retrieved 2021-07-08 – via
  5. ^ Pope, Edwin (August 22, 1974). "Dolphins Ship Kindig, Cut Rookie QB Polke". The Miami Herald. p. 1-D. Retrieved 2021-07-08 – via
  6. ^ "Blazers Negotiating to Play 'Two or Three' in Tampa". The Miami Herald. September 14, 1974. p. 4-D. Retrieved 2021-07-08 – via
  7. ^ a b "WFL May Face Player Dessertions to NFL". Detroit Free Press. October 27, 1974. p. 6-E. Retrieved 2021-07-08 – via
  8. ^ "Rozelle says WFL must sink or swim without any merger". The Miami News. November 1, 1974. p. 7B. Retrieved 2021-07-08 – via
  9. ^ Moyer, Ron (September 11, 1975). "Stopping Express Is Hawaiians Aim". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. p. E-2. Retrieved 2021-07-08 – via
  10. ^ Polkowski, Chris (October 14, 1975). "Bell Rings True, Hornets 'Survive'". The Orlando Sentinel. p. 5-C. Retrieved 2021-07-09 – via