U / T
Class of 1971
"We didn’t have enough players for someone to be taking a vacation in mid-season…everyone who played back then showed up for every game. If you got hurt too bad to play, you retired.”
|Additional Career Statistics: Receiving: 5-62, 1 TD; Scoring: 1-1 FG, 27-30 XP; Kickoff Returns: 2-36; Interceptions: 1-26; Fumble Recoveries for TD: 1|
Full Name: Frank Manning Kinard
Birthdate: October 23, 1914
Birthplace: Pelahatchie, Mississippi
Died: September 7, 1985
High School: Central (Jackson, Miss.)
Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 16, 1971
Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 31, 1971
Presenter: Jack White, GM, 49ers
Other Members of Class of 1971: Jim Brown, Bill Hewitt, Vince Lombardi, Andy Robustelli, Y.A. Tittle, Norm Van Brocklin
Pro Career: 9 seasons, 101 games
Drafted: 3rd round (18th player overall) in 1938 by Brooklyn Dodgers
Uniform Number: 25, (44)
Frank (Bruiser) Kinard Enshrinement Speech 1971
Presenter: Jack White
Jim, Governor Gilligan, Mr. Mayor, Mr. Commissioner, Hall of Famers and their families, Enshrinees, ladies and gentlemen. It's a great personal honor and joy to me to be here in Canton today to witness the enshrinement of one of both college and professional football all-time greatest lineman, Frank Bruiser Kinard of the University of Mississippi. A great athlete a fine coach, a complete gentleman, and an honor citizen of the state of Mississippi. A dear, warm and gracious personal friend. In preparing this presentation I decided to assemble some background statistics and a list of honors Bruiser received during his long and great playing career. after I got them all together, I realized that compiling a group of near statistics and a list of honors was a feudal way to describe Bruiser Kinard as a football player. I believe that old cliché does it better; bruiser Kinard is and always was an all-pro lineman.
Bruiser Retired from playing football at the top of his career as an all-pro tackle, both offense and defense. On the combined National Football League and the All-America Conference All-Pro team of 1947. Bruiser Always had the hallmark of a champion about, because he had fierce pride to be the best that he could be at every single moment under all circumstances everywhere he performed. I think it is only fitting that the word of sports should salute him here today in Canton, Ohio, “the cradle of football”, The Hall of Fame, where only the greatest of football champions reside. I would like to say to Bruiser as he is enshrined in the Hall of Fame on this great day for he, his beautiful wonderful wife and family, Bruiser, may the wind always be at your back and may the good Lord hold you and your dear ones always in the hollow of his hand, thank you.
Frank Bruiser Kinard
Thank you, Jack White. You know, he had to come all the way from San Francisco to say those nice things about me, and the funny part about it is he's said them as I told him too. So, Jack, I appreciate that very much, the long trip you had to make here to present on this day. I would like to thank two or three special people that have been most instrumental in my stay here in Canton since Thursday afternoon. I would like to thank Dick and Gloria Logan, they have been wonderful to me, my wife and Dr. and Mrs. Farra Varner. special thanks to Dick Gallagher, a wonderful guy and a great friend. He has to be the best director in the world. You know, I'm no longer a coach, I'm Athletic Director at the University of Mississippi just recently, and I believe as a director, I'm getting a good start. you know we've had three sellouts in three days.
We normally at our school would call an Archie Manning to give us a sellout, but Richard Nixon was called on by Dick Gallagher to give us a sell out last night, congratulations Dick. this is certainly an impressive occasion and to put it briefly, I am overcome with joy. The best part of me, however, is seated out here, my wife, Midge Kinard, and if you will permit me, I would like for you to see her now. Midge Stand up. And in closing, I accept this honor along with my former coaches and players because they were so instrumental in my life, and without those people, this would not have happened. Without you supporters of the sport, it will never happen anymore, so when why you continue to support the great sport called football. It's certainly a wonderful invention and there's no way to beat it for the price. So, get your tickets to any game in your area this year and supported the rest of your life. Thanks so much.