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Jimmy Kennedy was one of the many great defensive tackles to play at Penn State. He was a two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention and a First-Team All-Big Ten in 2002 in addition to being named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and earning First Team All-American status.
After starting all four years at Penn State with 213 tackles and 14 sacks, Kennedy moved on to the NFL as one of the most accomplished defensive tackles in Penn State program history.
Kennedy was drafted with the 12th-overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams, where he did not start in his rookie season two years after the Rams picked up a couple defensive linemen in 2001. Kennedy made just one tackle that season. He started five games the following year with 16 tackles, and he started two postseason games for the Rams.
Kennedy finally earned significant playing time in 2005, recording 33 tackles, three sacks and forcing one fumble. After starting every game in 2006, Kennedy was traded to the Denver Broncos for a sixth-round draft pick in the 2008 NFL draft, and Denver later released Kennedy.
From there, Kennedy bounced from team to team, starting with the Chicago Bears to the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Minnesota Vikings.
Last season, Kennedy was a part of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, though he was added more for depth than anything else. He served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Kennedy was inactive due to coach's decision for the Super Bowl.