Vince Kendrick

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Vince Kendrick
No. 20
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:(1952-03-18)March 18, 1952
Miami, Florida
Died:March 21, 2015(2015-03-21) (aged 63)
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Miami Springs (FL)
NFL Draft:1974 / Round: 4 / Pick: 96
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
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Player stats at PFR

Vincent Kendrick (March 18, 1952 – March 21, 2015) was an American former college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for two seasons during the 1970s. Kendrick played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

Kendrick was born in Miami, Florida in 1952 to Green Lester and Pearlie Mae Kendrick.[1] He attended Miami Springs High School in Miami Springs, Florida,[2] where he played high school football for the Miami Springs Golden Hawks.

College career[edit]

Kendrick received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Doug Dickey's Florida Gators football team from 1971 to 1973.[3] As a senior team captain in 1973, he rushed 127 times for 567 yards and five touchdowns.[3] In his three-year college career, he totaled 1,269 yards on 279 attempts in an injury-plagued career spent primarily blocking for tailback Nat Moore.[4]

Kendrick graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting in 1980.

Professional career[edit]

The Atlanta Falcons selected Kendrick in the fourth round (96th pick overall) of the 1974 NFL Draft,[5] and he played for the Falcons for a single season in 1974,[6] mainly as a backup and on special teams. He sat out 1975 after suffering a knee injury in a preseason game against the New York Jets. One of many injured Falcons, he was left unprotected for the 1976 NFL Expansion Draft, and was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers expansion team. In Tampa Bay, he found himself in competition with his Florida Gators successor, Jimmy DuBose, for the fullback spot on the Bucs' roster.[7] He scored the Bucs' first franchise touchdown, in an exhibition game against the Falcons, but was never able to regain his pre-injury form and was released after the season opener against the Houston Oilers.[8]

Life after the NFL[edit]

Kendrick returned to Gainesville after his two seasons in the NFL, first as a graduate assistant for Florida Gators head coach Doug Dickey, and then as an assistant coach for new head coach Charley Pell, working with the Florida Gators running backs.[4] After his first wife died, Kendrick and his young son Vinnie briefly lived in the football dormitory.[4] Kendrick left coaching after the 1983 season, and eventually married his second wife, Altermease Kendrick, owner of My Choice Community Development, Inc. He worked as the community service director for the city of Deerfield Beach, Florida.[4] Vince volunteers his wisdom and talent with his wife as they embark on starting a charter school (My Choice Academy) in Lake Park, Florida. Together they have four children: Robert Sr., Paula (deceased 2014), Vinnie and Alexis. They also have seven grandchildren Brittany, Robert Jr., Devin, JeMiah, Jocelyn, Naima , and Caleb. Naima was one of the few grandchildren who spent time with him. He loved her and supported her through everything and was basically a 2nd dad to her.

Kendrick died on March 21, 2015 from cancer.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^, Players, Vince Kendrick. Retrieved March 8, 2011.
  2. ^, Players, Vince Kendrick Archived November 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 8, 2011.
  3. ^ a b 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 99, 124, 138–140, 183 (2011). Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d Jack Hairston, Tale from the Gator Swamp, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois, pp. 173–177 (2002).
  5. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1974 National Football League Draft. Retrieved March 18, 2011.
  6. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Vince Kendrick. Retrieved March 18, 2011.
  7. ^ Patrick Zier, "Bucs Field Full Squad, Vince Kendrick Included," The Ledger (May 16, 1976).
  8. ^ Patrick Zier, "Tampa Area Finally Goes Big Time," The Ledger (January 2, 1977).
  9. ^ "Vince Kendrick, who scored first Bucs TD, dies at age 63". Archived from the original on March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.


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