October 13, 2005
Gary Joe Kinne, BSE '90, is a former All-Southwest Conference linebacker for the Baylor Bears, and as of this fall, he also is one of the newest inductees into the Baylor Football Legends, sponsored in 2002 by the "B" Association with the purpose of recognizing Baylor's most elite student-athletes.
The Legends ceremony was held at the Baylor-Samford football game Sept. 10, but it was an event Kinne could not attend. "We just had a video presentation on Baylor Vision that showed his playing highlights and accomplishments while he was at Baylor, but there was no on-field presentation because he was not able to make it," says Ian McCaw, Baylor director of athletics.
Kinne, head football coach and athletics director at Canton High School, is still recovering from a gunshot wound he received from the father of a Canton player on April 7. He reportedly lost 85 percent of his liver from the wound and was in the hospital for a month and a half. His recovery has been slow, but fairly steady until a setback just prior to the Sept. 10 ceremony. The assailant was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which is punishable by two to 20 years in prison.
On Sept. 2, however, a small group of Baylor notables went to Kinne in Canton for his team's season opener, to present the Legends award in person.
"It was really a thrill for me because although I didn't know him very well, I had heard a lot of great things about him as an athlete and an individual," says Walter Abercrombie, Baylor's associate athletic director and B Association executive director. "His battle back from his injury had been a tremendous inspiration for me personally and to others who have had to battle back from setbacks. He stands out as a beacon of hope for people who have gone through struggles."
Kinne joins Mike Singletary, BBA'83; Dennis Gentry, BSE '85; Vann McElroy,'78,'82; and Jay Jeffrey, BBA '82, as members of the 2005 Baylor Football Legends.
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