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Silas McKinnie
Regional Scout

Biography

Silas McKinnie enters his 11th season as personnel scout with the Lions. Prior to joining the club in 2003, McKinnie spent five NFL seasons (1997-2002) as a regional scout with the Minnesota Vikings.

Before joining the Vikings, McKinnie concluded a 20-year career as a college basketball coach, including a three-year stint as an assistant coach for the University of Miami (1994-96).

McKinnie played football at the University of Iowa from 1965-67, where he earned All-Big 10 honors as a running back. He graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in speech and dramatic arts. Following graduation, McKinnie played five seasons of professional football with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (1968-71, ’73). He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972, but played the season with the Atlanta Falcons and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Silas Anthony McKinnie was born in Detroit. He attended Robichaud High School in Dearborn, Mich., where he earned all-state honors in both football and basketball. He has a daughter, Ixchel, and a son, Lance.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Bynes on stopping the run

    Posted 10 hours ago

    LB Josh Bynes talks about the defense's ability to limit the run game in the Lions' Week 13 win against the Saints.

  • Caldwell on Week 13 win against Saints

    Posted 10 hours ago

    Head coach Jim Caldwell talks about the contributions from the offense and defense in the Week 13 victory against the Saints in New Orleans.

  • Stafford on success moving the ball

    Posted 10 hours ago

    QB Matthew Stafford talks about the offense's success moving the ball and needing to be more efficient in the redzone.

  • Tate on 66-yard touchdown

    Posted 10 hours ago

    WR Golden Tate talks about his 66-yard touchdown and how scoring early and often can eliminate an away team's home field advantage.

  • Quin on Week 13 interceptions

    Posted 11 hours ago

    S Glover Quin talks about his interception in Week 13 and how limiting the Saints' run game helped to secure turnovers.

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