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|McKinley shining for Broncos|
By Betty Davis
Karen Scott McKinley regrets her parents did not get to see their first grandson make his debut in the National Football League.
"I know they would have been very proud and would have made it to every game, even though now it's only preseason," McKinley said. "It's still early, but Kenny is doing an outstanding job."
Number 11 with the Denver Broncos this year is a tall, skinny kid whose roots were in Ferriday. Kenny McKinley was born in Baton Rouge and is the son of Karen, formerly of Ferriday and Kenneth McKinley, formerly of Baker.
Karen graduated from Ferriday High in 1977.
His grandparents are the late Jeffery Scott and Enora Pea Scott of Ferriday and the late Beatrice and John McKinley of Baker. The McKinleys just celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary and currently reside in Mabletown, Ga. They also have two daughters - Kimberly, currently enrolled at Southern University and Kayla, a senior at South Cobb High.
"We are the 'K' family," McKinley said.
Kenny was a standout quarterback at South Cobb High School in Mableton. He was highly recruited by South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier as a wide receiver.
Kenny started every year at South Carolina and holds the career receiving record of 207 catches for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns, breaking the previous record held by Sterling Sharpe.
McKinley, who Spurrier called the best wide receiver he ever coached, had his jersey retired. He joins Sharpe, George Rogers, Mike Johnson and Steve Wadiak with that honor.
McKinley was selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. He recieved his Bachelor's Degree in Retailing in May of this year.
The McKinley's attended Denver's preseason contest against Chicago on August 30.
"The girls were bored after trying to yell to the coaches to put their brother in, which they thought was to no avail," Karen said. "However, when they heard their mother, father and Aunt Sheryl screaming, they woke up suddenly, seeing their big brother make a 54-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Tom Brandstater. It was so exciting. The people in our section were giving all of us high fives. We are so proud of him and I know that my parents would have been there with us. I know deep down in my heart that they are with us in spirit."
McKinley ended the night with four catches for 75 yards.
McKinley survived the final cut by the Broncos and is on the roster heading into Sunday's opening week as Denver takes on Cincinnati in Cincinnati before hosting Cleveland on Sept. 9.
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