Devon Kennard is a professional athlete, speaker and philanthropist. He currently plays linebacker in the NFL for the Detroit Lions. Kennard comes from a pedigree of football players, as he is not the first person in his family to represent the great game. His father Derek Kennard played in the NFL for 11 years and won a Super Bowl for the Dallas Cowboys in 1996. Over the years Devon has built a reputation for being exceptional on and off the football field. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor and masters degree in Communication and received PAC12 honors for football as well as academically during his time at USC. DK was the 174th pick in the 5th round and has managed to earn a starting spot in his entire NFL career thus far.
When Devon is not on the football field he spends his time building his public speaking platform and volunteering his time and resources to promote education. Kennard grew passionate about public speaking in high school and has developed his skill set to the point where he now speaks on an array of topics including but not limited to: sports, faith, work ethic, networking, and education. When not speaking Devon is in local communities volunteering his time and promoting his #ReadingWIthDK book club where he encourages and incentives youth and adults alike to read books. You can book Devon for a speaking engagement now by simply going to the contact tab and emailing us. If you’re looking to participate in the next #ReadingWithDK book challenge subscribe to Devon’s email list and follow him on his social media accounts @DevonKennard.
OFF THE FIELD
Devon’s off the field engagements are diverse. He started volunteering his time at children’s hospitals while in college as well as helping the homeless. In 2012, he went to Haiti with college teammates and built four homes for families who were devastated by earthquakes. 2016 and 2017, Devon became a volunteer and supporter of New City Kids, which is an after school program where kids are tutored and learn to play instruments such as piano and drums. He is an active volunteer as well as a donor to New City Kids. Devon is a master in Communication Management from USC and graduated with a GPA of 3.8. He obtained his master’s degree in the year 2013.
ON THE FIELD
Devon belongs to a family of footballers; his father played in the NFL 11 years and started for the Cowboys in the 1996 Super Bowl. Devon’s NFL career began in 2014 where he was the 174th draft pick (5th round) by the New York Giants. Devon’s NFL career progressed quickly, he earned a starting spot his rookie season and was voted NFC Defensive Player of Week December 7, 2014. DK has started for the Giants every year of his career thus far. He is known for his versatility and ability to play as a linebacker and defensive end. Devon was chosen to be the NFLPA rep for the 2016 and 2017 seasons by his Giant teammates and was voted team captain for two games in 2018 and 17.