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.
This week’s Monday Countdown starts with the playoff watch in the NFC North, with the first-place Lions and the Packers and Vikings in the two-team chase pack.
Tim Twentyman covers all the news from the Lions’ 28-13 victory over the Saints including Andre Roberts and TJ Jones stepping up, a “Quin"tessential performance and more.
Four Downs following Lions’ 28-13 victory over the Saints includes defense gets it done, film to field, Stafford’s performance and NFC North watch.
Boston College and University of Maryland will play in the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field on Monday, December 26 at 2:30 PM. The game will air nationally on ESPN.