Stanford Jamison Jennings is a former NFL player who had an impressive and celebrated career. He was born in Summerville, South Carolina in 1962. Stanford had a successful high school career as a tailback and led his team to back-to-back Class 4A state titles at Summerville High School. He then attended Furman University and contributed to the Paladins Southern Conference championships each of his four seasons, with stunning wins over the University of South Carolina and Georgia Tech.
While in college, Jennings rushed for 3,868 yards on 650 carries and 39 touchdowns, in addition to 76 receptions for 865 yards. After college, Stanford was chosen in the third round of the 1984 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. In 1988, he had a standout year as a kick returner with 32 return attempts for 684 yards, which included a 98-yard touchdown return – the longest from that NFL season. He also returned a 93-yard kickoff in Super Bowl XXIII.
Throughout his nine-season NFL career, Jennings had 1,250 rushing yards, 116 receptions for 1098 yards, 2,965 yards returning kickoffs, and 20 total touchdowns. As a kick returner, his 2,752 yards stood and the Bengals franchise record until it was surpassed in 2000.
Jennings’ career is a celebration of his athletic achievements and his impact on the NFL. From his successful high school career, to his college victories and championships, to his record-breaking performance in the NFL, his career is one to admire and celebrate.