Kellen Winslow

Hall of Fame San Diego Chargers Tight End; television & radio football analyst

Kellen Winslow was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the first round in 1979 and proved to be one of the most important acquisitions made by the Chargers. He spent his entire nine-year NFL career with the Chargers, becoming the premier tight end of his era. Winslow earned numerous honors including consensus All-Pro in 1980, 1981, and 1982, and was voted All-AFC four times while appearing in five Pro Bowls. He is also one of 52 players to be named AFL-NFL First 25 Year Team (1960-84) by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Kellen was part of the Chargers high-powered “Air Coryell” offense that changed the game in the early 80's. He led the NFL in receptions in 1980 (89) and 1981 (88), and was second with 54 catches in 1982 and tied for first in 1983 with 88 receptions. His dominant play at the tight end position earned him four consecutive AFC Pro Bowl appearances from 1980-84, starting three of the four years. Winslow's impressive career ended in 1987 with 541 receptions, 6,741 yards and 45 touchdowns. Then in 1995, he received the highest honor in the NFL with an induction into the Hall of Fame.

Winslow made the jump into broadcasting in 1989 as co-host of “Sports Wrap,” a weekly NFL recap show on the NBC affiliate in San Diego. In 1991, he joined Mizzou Sports Network serving as an analyst for the University of Missouri football telecasts. The following two years, Winslow was a radio analyst for the Tiger Network, which simulcasts the Missouri football games statewide. Moving to ESPN in 1994, he spent one year a a sideline report and one year as an analyst for their “Saturday Night Primetime” football telecasts.

In addition to his duties at the National Sports Report, Kellen currently works for CBS radio as an analyst on their NFL games. He is also a highly sought after motivational speaker, traveling across the country throughout the year to speak at various corporate functions.

Born on November 5, 1957, in St. Louis, Missouri, Winslow did not play football until his senior year at East St. Louis High School. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Winslow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in counseling psychology and was a member of the Tigers football team, catching 71 passes for 1,089 yards and 10 touchdowns in four seasons. He also earned a law degree from the University of San Diego. A resident of San Diego, Winslow has two sons, Kellen, Jr. and Justin.

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