Terry Kinard
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Personal information
Born: (1959-11-24) November 24, 1959 (age 62)
Bitburg, West Germany
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Sumter (SC)
NFL Draft:1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Fumble recoveries:7
Player stats at PFR

Alfred Terance "Terry" Kinard (born November 24, 1959) is a former American college and professional football player who was a safety in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. He played college football at Clemson University, and was a two-time consensus All-American. Kinard was selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the NFL's New York Giants and Houston Oilers.

Early years

Kinard was born in Bitburg, West Germany. He attended Sumter High School in Sumter, South Carolina, graduating with the class of 1978.

College career

He attended Clemson University, where he played for the Clemson Tigers football team from 1979 to 1982. Kinard was a two-time consensus first-team All-American for two years in a row. He was the CBS National Defensive Player of the Year in 1982 and selected to the USA Today All-College Football Team in the 1980s. Kinard is the all-time Clemson leader in interceptions with seventeen and tackles by a defensive back with 294.

His college career did not start smoothly. He suffered a separated shoulder in his first game and was out the rest of the season.[1] He later said that having to redshirt turned out to be a good thing, as he was not physically ready to compete as a freshman.[2]

Kinard was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

Professional career

The New York Giants selected Kinard in the first round (tenth pick overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, and he played for the Giants from 1983 to 1989. He played his eighth and final season for the Houston Oilers in 1990. In his eight NFL seasons, Kinard played in 121 games, started 115 of them, made thirty-one interceptions and recovered seven fumbles.


Kinard married his wife Cassandra on June 21, 2003. Their son Jaden was born in 2004.


  1. ^ Terry Kinard at the College Football Hall of Fame
  2. ^ "Terry Kinard - CLEMSON UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2007-08-04.