2004 Larry Kinnebrew - Professional Athlete
Lettering in football, track and field, and wrestling and becoming a state champion in discus, shot put, and the 100-yard dash helped Larry Kinnebrew earn the title of East Rome High’s Top Athlete. His football career, however, has earned him the recognition as being one of the top linemen and defensive players in the NFL.
Born in 1959 to Eddie and Doris Kinnebrew, Larry participated in numerous sports and starred at east Rome as fullback and defensive linebacker. He rushed for 892 yards on 95 carries with an average of 9.4 yards per carry during his high school career. Larry helped lead his team to the class 7AA State Championship in 1978, after being named Lineman of the Year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, named to the Class A All-State team, named Rome News-Tribune Player of the Year, and named to Parade Magazine’s high School All American Linebacker team, all in the year 1977.
In track and field, all while standing 6’2” and 255 pounds, Larry ran the 100-yard dash in 9.5 seconds, becoming the largest Georgia athlete to win state 100-yard dash title. Larry won the Class AA 100-yard dash in 1977, competed against Hershel Walker in the 100-yard dash in 1978, and won, and won state titles in shot put and discus as well.
Twice Larry was awarded the Herman J. Stegman trophy at state track meets for scoring the most points in his classification. With a few minutes to spare in his busy schedule, Larry also won 7 state titles in wrestling in the unlimited weight class.
From East Rome Larry went to Tennessee State University in Nashville where he ranked 3rd in Career rushing yardage with 1,673 yards. Larry then graduated to the national Football League, being the 6th round draft choice in 1983 by the Cincinnati Bengals. Larry led the team in rushing twice during his five seasons and scored 36 career touchdowns.
Leaving Cincinnati for Buffalo, Larry played form 1989-1991 with the bills, averaging 4.5 yards per carry with 44 touchdowns. As a receiver, he gained 660 yards on 70 catches for an average yardage of 9.4 with 3 touchdowns.
Larry retired from the NFL in 1993 and returned to Rome in 1994 where he has coached for the Youth Football program through the Parks and Recreation Authority and the boys and Girls Club. He also served as a volunteer caterer for the national Youth Sports Program at Floyd College and Rome High School.