Preston Jackson Dennard (born November 28, 1955, in Cordele, Georgia) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers. He played college football at the University of New Mexico.
|Born:||November 28, 1955|
|1978–1983||Los Angeles Rams|
|1985||Green Bay Packers|
A stellar three-sport athlete in high school in Tempe, Ariz., Dennard exploded onto the college scene at the University of New Mexico in 1974. He became the first Lobo freshman to garner first team All-WAC honors. In 1975, he beat out a Freshman receiver from Arizona State named John Washington, who would later change his last name to his father’s name. John Jefferson. Dennard finished third in the nation in receiving. He was first team all-league in 1976. By his senior year, Dennard held every receiving record at UNM. He caught 142 passes for 2,257 yards, numbers that still rank high in the Lobo record book.
Dennard then spent nine seasons in the NFL, playing for Los Angeles, Buffalo and Green Bay. His career numbers were 232 receptions for 3,665 yards and 30 TDs. He was a starter for the Rams in the 1980 Super Bowl and was twice nominated for the NFL Man of the Year award.
After football, Dennard engaged in private enterprises. He attended and graduated from the Columbia School of Broadcasting and managed his own public speaking career. He coached at Cal State Fullerton and UNM for a short time, then went to work as a broadcaster.
Dennard has volunteered for countless charities and served on a variety of Board of Directors. He is known throughout the Albuquerque community not only for his sports celebrity but also for his generous contributions to youth leadership programs, sports camps and clinics, celebrity tournaments and drug prevention.
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