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Jimmy Kennedy
Jimmy  Kennedy

Defensive Tackle

All-American Selection: 2002

Defensive tackle, 2002, Yonkers, N.Y., selected by The Sporting News and Walter Camp. He also was a third-team All-America choice by the Associated Press. A four-year starter, Kennedy was named the 2002 Big Ten Defensive Lineman-of-the-Year and was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection. He recorded 87 tackles during the 2002 season, second on the squad, and the most by a Penn State defensive tackle since starting Big Ten play in 1993. A semifinalist for the Lombardi Award, he ranked fourth in the Big Ten with 16 tackles for loss, made 5.5 sacks and broke up three passes in 2002. Kennedy finished his career with 39 tackles for loss, good for a tie with LaVar Arrington for eighth place on the Penn State all-time list. Kennedy was the catalyst for a defense that allowed just 53 points in the last six regular-season games and gave up just 17.5 ppg, ranking 11th nationally. He tied the Penn State record with four sacks and made five tackles for loss in a win at Wisconsin. The St. Louis Rams made Kennedy the No. 12 overall selection in the first round of the 2003 National Football League Draft. He played four seasons (2003-06) with the Rams before signing with the Chicago Bears during the 2007 season.


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