The Pick. It’s a play that has gone down in University of Oregon football history
as the turning of an era, putting the Ducks into position for the Rose Bowl for
the first time in 40 years. Kenny Wheaton caught a football in the last remaining
seconds of that game, but he caught onto so much more during his time here
in Oregon. Kenny caught onto the giving spirit of this community and the
responsibility we all have to give back. That is why Kenny Wheaton started the
Kenny Wheaton Foundation, because he believes in giving back. The Kenny
Wheaton Foundation works to make a positive impact and provide opportunities
for youth in the community, putting kids into position for success. The foundation
supports education, extra curricular activities, and meets the physical needs of primarily low-income youth in Lane County.
Kenny was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and returns to the Valley often
to visit his parents, Robert and Doris, his brother Robbie, as well as many
other family and friends. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife
Franchell, daughter Kyndall, and son Kai. Kenny presently spends his time
personal training youth ages 8 and up. He focuses on speed, agility, footwork,
and football fundamentals. These training sessions prepare his clients for their
football futures from the children starting little league football to the young men
preparing for the NFL draft.
After three seasons at the University of Oregon, Kenny was drafted in the third
round by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1997 NFL draft. In his third season with the
Cowboys, Kenny suffered a traumatic knee injury that ended his NFL career and
forced him to sit out two seasons.
In 2003, Kenny made his return to football by signing with the Toronto Argonauts
of the CFL as one of their starting defensive backs. Kenny went on to have
six stellar seasons with the Argos and helped his team win the 92nd Grey Cup
Championship. Kenny was named to the CFL East Division All-Star team from
2005-2008. In 2007, he was named an All CFL All-Star.