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.
The Lions are hoping running back Joique Bell’s stay on the PUP list is a short one, but head coach Jim Caldwell said Friday no timetable has been set for his return.
It should be no surprise that the rebuilt offensive line will have head coach Jim Caldwell’s attention when full contact begins in training camp.
Tori Petry talks with quarterback Matthew Stafford as he returns to Allen Park ahead of training camp about the workouts he and some of his teammates put in at Georgia Tech during the offseason.