Kermit Joseph Alexander (born January 4, 1941) is a former American football defensive back in the National Football League. He was on the Board of Directors for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which is named after Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott, and is awarded annually to college football's defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.
|Born:||January 4, 1941|
New Iberia, Louisiana
|High school||Los Angeles (CA) Mount Carmel|
|AFL draft||1963 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5|
(By the Denver Broncos)
|NFL draft||1963 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8|
|1963–1969||San Francisco 49ers|
|1970–1971||Los Angeles Rams|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Pro Bowls||1 (1968)|
Alexander was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the eighth pick in the first round of the 1963 NFL Draft. He was also drafted by the Denver Broncos of the American Football League with the fifth overall pick, but chose to sign with San Francisco. Alexander played alongside Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Jimmy Johnson. Alexander was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1968, after a season in which he had a career-high nine interceptions, including an interception he returned 66 yards for a touchdown. Alexander played for the 49ers from 1963 to 1969.
In his second year with the Los Angeles Rams in 1971, he returned one of his three interceptions 82 yards for a touchdown. He played one final season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1973. Kermit was responsible for injuring Gale Sayers's right knee in a rolling tackle which shortened the career of the Bears star running back, and cost Sayers some of his extraordinary quickness.
In addition to playing defense, Alexander returned punts and kickoffs for all three teams. Both of his career punt returns for touchdowns came with San Francisco.
On August 31, 1984, Alexander's mother, sister and two nephews, ages 8 and 13, were murdered in South Central Los Angeles during a home invasion by members of the Rollin 60's Neighborhood Crips, whose intended victims lived two doors away.
Alexander was initially planning on adopting one child from Haiti, but after meeting the child's four siblings, he ended up adopting all five. The five were in Haiti at the time of the earthquake in 2010, but survived and now live with Alexander and his wife, Tami.
The 1961 UCLA Bruins football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Los Angeles during the 1961 college football season. In their fourth year under head coach Bill Barnes, the Bruins compiled a 7–4 record (3–1 conference) and finished in first place in the Athletic Association of Western Universities.UCLA's offensive leaders in 1961 were quarterbacks Bobby Smith and Mike Haffner with 327 passing yards each, Haffner with 703 rushing yards, and Kermit Alexander with 297 receiving yards.1962 All-Pacific Coast football team
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The 1962 UCLA Bruins football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Los Angeles during the 1962 college football season. In their fifth year under head coach Bill Barnes, the Bruins compiled a 4–6 record (1–3 AAWU) and finished in fifth place in the Athletic Association of Western Universities.UCLA's offensive leaders in 1962 were quarterback Larry Zeno with 458 passing yards, Kermit Alexander with 472 rushing yards, and Mel Profit with 229 receiving yards.1967 San Francisco 49ers season
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The 2001 recipient, Michael McCrary, was the child in the Supreme Court case Runyon v. McCrary (1976) in which Justice White had participated nearly a quarter of a century before McCrary's award. White had dissented from the position taken by the lawyers for McCrary.List of National Football League annual kickoff return yards leaders
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Tiequon Aundray "Lil Fee" Cox (born December 1, 1965) is a convicted murderer currently incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison.
Cox became one of the prime suspects of a mass murder investigation concerning the deaths of Ebora Alexander, aged 59, Dietra Alexander, aged 25, two boys Damon Bonner, aged 6, and Damani Garner-Alexander, aged 12. These four individuals were relatives of former NFL defensive back Kermit Alexander. Cox was also a noted member of the Rollin' 60, one of the many sets affiliated to the Crips, and actually still on parole on an unrelated charge.
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