Kenny Clark, born as Kenneth Duane Clark Jr., is an NFL player who currently plays for the Green Bay Packers as a Nose Tackle. During his college career, he was named the third All-American team and also earned two All-Conference selections in Pac-12. Later, he was to be selected by the Packers as the 27th all-American in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Who Is Kenny Clark?
Clark was born on October 4, 1995, in San Bernardino, California. He attended Wilmer Amina Carter High School in Rialto, California, where he started playing soccer.
As a senior, Clark had a record of seventy-one tackles and eleven sacks, and Rivals.com rated him a 4-star recruit. Besides playing soccer in school, Kenny Clark also wrestled.
After high school, he played college football at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a freshman, he participated in thirteen games, started four, and scored thirty-one tackles. In his second year, he started every thirteen games, scored fifty-eight tackles, and was named second-team in the All-Pac 12 selection.
As a junior, he scored a career highlight – three tackles – against Washington State, and Associated Press named him the third All-American team and he was the only Bruin to be named to the first All-Pac 12 selection. The three Sacks against Washington State were not to be his last in his career. In the game against Nebraska at the Foster Farms Bowl, Kenny Clark scored 11 career-level tackles and finished second on the team with a total of seventy-five tackles and six sacks.
After an impressive junior season, Clark decided to give up his senior year to compete in the 2016 NFL Draft and was selected by the Green Bay Packers as 27th in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Kenny Clark would later, on July 17, 2016, seal the $9.36 million four-year contract with the Packers. The contract came with a $7.18 million guarantee and a signing bonus of $5 million. He started his rookie as a defensive start tackle and was later to be named as a backup and rotational defensive end.
His debut game was the team’s first game of the season against Jacksonville Jaguars, and he picked up an Assisted Tackle. He had his first career start in the game against the Detriot Lions, where he picked up 4 tackles. In a 14th week match against the Seattle Seahawks, Clark picked up four combined tackles. He ended his rookie season with twenty-one tackles and two passes.
In the thirteenth week of the 2017 season, Kenny Clark had already recorded 1.5 tackles and 6 combined tackles. He finished the season with 4.5 sacks and 55 tackles.
Parents And Family
Kenny Clark is the son of Kenneth and Leslie Clark. He is not the only son of his parents, he has a brother and two sisters (twins). His father Kenneth Clark Sr. has been in prison since Kenny was nine years old.
Clark Sr. was convicted of second-degree murder in 2005, and his sentence was 55 years to life, without parole. Since his conviction in 2005, he has maintained his innocence and fought for his release. This has led to a series of appeals, hearings, and court records, which still does not serve his cause.
Before Clark Sr. was locked up in prison, he spent a lot of time with his son as a babysitter while his wife worked as a nurse for a long time, so it was easy to pass on his love and passion for football to his son. Even though his father has been in prison for over a decade now, the bond that created the love of football between the two of them has remained untouched.
Even in prison, Kenny Sr. called his son before each of his games to give him encouragement. He called his wife during the games to get live updates, and then he called his son after each game to get full updates. They are so connected through football that two UCLA coaches visited Clark Sr. in prison during the recruitment process.
And to the question of whether or not he believes his father is guilty of the crime he was convicted of, Kenny.jr. said he never asked his father whether or not he actually killed anyone, but he believes his father didn’t.
Height, Weight, And Body Measurements
Kenny Clark Jr. stands at the height of 6″0, that is 1.83 m, with a well-built athletic body that weighs 142 kg (313 pounds). His arm length is 321/8 inches and the size of his hands is 10½ inches.