Keith Millard
No. 75, 77
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1962-03-18) March 18, 1962 (age 60)
Pleasanton, California
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school:Foothill (Pleasanton, California)
College:Washington State
NFL Draft:1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks:58
Interceptions:2
Games:93
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Keith Joseph Millard (born March 18, 1962) is an American former professional football player who was a defensive tackle for nine seasons for the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers, the Seattle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles from 1985 to 1993 in the National Football League (NFL).[1]

Early and college career

Keith Millard was born in Pleasanton, California. He was a tight end and linebacker at Foothill High School in Pleasanton. Keith played college football at Washington State University. As a freshman Millard played tight end but was moved to defensive tackle as a sophomore, where he started first time as a junior. Millard was voted first-team All-Pac-10 as a senior and won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10's top defensive lineman.[2][3]

Professional career

Keith Millard was drafted by Don Deisch in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft and played one season in the USFL. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1988 and 1989. He held the NFL record for most sacks in a single season by a defensive tackle with 18 in 1989, and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year that season. His record was broken by Aaron Donald in 2018.[4] The following season he suffered a major knee injury in a week 4 contest versus Tampa Bay. The injury effectively ended his time in Minnesota, and although he continued to play for a handful of seasons with various teams, he was never again as dominant of a force.

Keith's large stature was a huge asset in bulking up the Minnesota Vikings defensive line. His All-Pro honors and record-setting sacks make him a Minnesota Vikings great. Millard played in 93 games during his career, making 58 sacks, and two interceptions.[5]

Millard was voted among the top 50 players to ever play for the Minnesota Vikings In 2010.[6]

NFL career statistics

Legend
NFL Defensive Player of the Year
Bold Career high
Year Team GP Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
Comb Solo Ast Sck FF FR Yds Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
1985 MIN 16 0 0 0 11.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1986 MIN 15 0 0 0 10.5 0 1 3 1 17 17 17 0 0
1987 MIN 9 0 0 0 3.5 0 2 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
1988 MIN 15 0 0 0 8.0 0 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989 MIN 16 0 0 0 18.0 0 1 31 1 48 48 48 0 0
1990 MIN 4 0 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991 MIN 0 Did not play due to injury
1992 GB 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SEA 2 0 0 0 1.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1993 PHI 14 19 18 1 4.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 93 19 18 1 58.0 0 10 47 2 65 33 48 0 0

Source:[7]

Coaching career

After retirement as a player, Keith Millard went on to coaching. He coached at the college level, in the Spring Football League with the Los Angeles Dragons, and the XFL, San Francisco Demons, before getting a job with the Denver Broncos' coaching staff as the club's defensive line coach/pass rush specialist. He was in charge of creating and implementing all pass rush techniques used in the Broncos' defensive scheme. Under Millard, the Broncos had one of the toughest defenses in the league. Millard coached the Oakland Raiders defensive line from 2005 to 2007. In 2009, Millard was hired as the defensive coordinator for the Merced College Blue Devils. On February 8, 2011, it was announced that Millard, along with Grady Stretz, will be a defensive line coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, specializing in pass rush. In 2012, Millard was hired by the Titans as an assistant coach.[4]

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Keith Millard Stats, News and Video - DT". NFL.com.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2012-05-04.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2012-05-04.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/content/bucs-add-dl-coaches-keith-millard-grady-stretz[dead link]
  5. ^ "Keith Millard Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-08. Retrieved 2012-05-04.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Keith Millard Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 5 March 2014.

He coached at Merced College in 2009