Here’s a few pics from an auction that closed awhile back that shows Dean Kirkland’s jersey from his time with the Denver Broncos. It number 60 and you’ll see the certificate of authenticity as well as the label inside the jersey. I wonder who got this?
Two classic photos of Dean Kirkland have been discovered. I have obtained a scan of one of them, front and back. It’s a press shot of Dean weight training in a gym in 1988. Have a look…
In 1991 Dean Kirkland was playing for the Washington Huskies and earned the right to go to the Rose Bowl.
The team played a great game and won that day! Many still say that the 1991 Huskies was the best team in college football history.
In the video below you’ll enjoy some highlights from that game. See if you can pick out Dean in the footage!
Dean went beyond the Huskies and continued with his career into the NFL and the Super Bowl.
Dean Kirkland played in Super Bowl 26 with the Buffalo Bills. This was a high achievement for Dean. A day charged with excitement for sure!
Check out the highlights of Super Bowl 26 in the video below. See if you can spot Dean Kirkland in all the action. Leave a comment with the time index of where you spotted him.
Click here for more information on the career of Dean Kirkland.
The College Career Of Dean Kirkland
Dean Kirkland came out of a successful run in high school football to play at the college level for the University of Washington Huskies. Here are some details of his time there:
- Two-year letterman
- One of four Husky co-captains
- Found his niche at guard after nearly two seasons as a middle guard
- Moved to offense midway through his sophomore season
- Listed as the starter at strongside guard at the end of spring
- On of the strongest players on the Husky team
- Owned the team record in the squat (730 pounds) and power clean lift (360 pounds)
- Surprisingly quick for his size
- 1989 – Solid performer who started nine games at weakside guard
- Missed the Purdue and Arizona games due to an ankle sprain suffered in the first quarter of the season opener against Texas A&M
- Came back to start the last nine games of the regular season, including the Freedom Bowl
- Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors
- Shared UW Offensive Player of the Week honors vs. Oregon, UCLA, and Oregon State
- 1988 – Won his first varsity letter
- Played in eight games and made five starts at left guard
- Took over for Jeff Pahukoa in the fourth game against UCLA after Jeff went down with an injury in practice
- Started the next five games before suffering a right knee injury in the Stanford game, which kept him on the sidelines the rest of the year
- Was UW’s Most Improved Offensive Lineman at the end of the spring ball in 1988
- 1987 – Red-Shirt Season
- Moved from defense to offense just prior to the ASU game
- Started to show some promise late in the season
- 1986 – Passed up red-shirt year
- One of three true freshmen to play with the varsity
- Registered one tackle in spot duty
College Football Like That Played By Dean KirklandWhen Dean Kirkland played football at the college level it was in the mid 1980′s. There was a long history behind college ball leading up to that
The very first university football game was played between Princeton and Rutgers on November 6th, 1869 at New Brunswick in New Jersey. There were different things between the game played that day and the games we watch today. In the early days of college football, the football was round and the field 120 yards long and 75 yards wide and each team had 25 players.
The popularity of college football was fairly low in the early days and there were only six teams by the time a rugby ball was adopted for playing with and the first officials of the game were used. In the following year a crossbar was added to the goalposts and these remain in use for college football games to this day, including those played by Dean Kirkland. The college football field was also made smaller and the members of each team were reduced to 15.
In 1876 a crossbar was added to the goal posts at a height of 10 feet (in effect to the present day), and the field was reduced to nearly modern dimensions. At the same time the number of players on each side was lowered to 15.
It took until 1880 before more revisions were made to the rules and the teams were limited to 11 players. In 1882, the downs system was introduced in college football games although it began as a requirement for a team to make 5 yards in 3 downs which remained in effect until it was changed to 10 yards in 4 downs in 1912. The college football game now became much more popular and widespread with over 250 colleges playing by 1900.
Early Uniforms Leading To The Type That Dean Kirkland Wore
The first real college football uniform was designed in 1877 and included a tightly laced canvas jacket, black knee pants, stockings and a jersey with orange trim. This form of college football uniform did not offer the players very much protection, unlike the college football uniforms used today, including when Dean Kirkland was playing, and a number of college football players suffered serious injury and some were even killed.
The number of officials at a college football game grew from a single referee in 1885 to a trio in 1894. These three college football officials were a referee, an umpire and a linesman. Eventually, a field judge was added to the team of college football officials in 1915, then a back judge in 1955, a line judge in 1972 and finally, in 1983, a side judge.
By 1894 the officiating crew had grown from a single referee (first required in 1885) to a trio: referee, umpire, and linesman. A field judge was added for a brief period starting in 1908, and was made a permanent part of the crew in 1915. A back judge was not added until 1955, with a line judge added in 1972 and a side judge in 1983.
In 1905 there was such an outcry about the violence of a college football game that a governing body was needed to oversee changes in the game. This became the National Collegiate Athletic Association and it still exists to create rule changes and procedures to ensure the safety of college football players.
All of this history led up to powerful seasons for college football, as when Dean Kirkland was playing for the Washington Huskies.
The High School Career Of Dean Kirkland
- Four-year letterman offensive and defensive lineman
- Washington Prep Lineman of the Year (Sportswriters Association)
- All state selection offensively and defensively (Sportswriters)
- Third-team prep All-American pick by National High School Football Magazine
- Honorable Mention choice by USA Today, The Sporting News and Coffee Football Recruiting
- Member of 10-man Seattle Times Blue Chip list
- Earned five votes int he Best of the West poll (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
- Greater St. Helen’s League Lineman of the Year
- All-Southwest Washington Selection for two seasons (Columbian)
- Averaged three sacks per game as a senior
- Team won league championship
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Dean Kirkland had a distinguised professional football career. He is now a successful commercial real estate developer in the Vancouver, Washington area.
Dean Kirkland Quick Career Overview
High School: Columbia River High School
#1 All American Offensive and Defensive
College: University of Washington
Position: 3 Year Start in Offensive line
All Pack Honors
Team Caption – PAC 10 Champions Victory over IOWA
NFL Team: Buffalo Bills
11th Round Draft
Lost to Redskins
Position: Right Tackle
NFL Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position: Left Guard
NFL Team: Denver Broncos
Position: Left Guard
Pictures of Dean Kirkland Throughout His Career