Pine Bluff native, former Arkansas Razorback and former NFL player Carl Kidd is being recognized for his work on the field with the British Columbia Lions in Vancouver, Canada.
According to www.bclions. com, Kidd will be inducted onto the BC Lions Wall of Fame during halftime on Friday, Aug. 18, when the Leos host the Calgary Stampeders. As a fan favorite and colorful addition to the BC Lions team, Kidd appeared in 94 regular season games, eight playoff games and three Grey Cup finals over seven seasons, a news release said.
“An integral part the Grey Cup title-winning teams in 2000 and 2006, the Arkansas native’s dynamic and rugged play on both defense and special teams earned him West Division All-Star selections in 2002 and 2006,” according to the news release.
Kidd’s 368 combined tackles on defense and special teams ranks him in the top-10 all-time among BC Lions as do his five defensive touchdowns.
He will be joined by Brent Johnson on the field at halftime.
Kidd, born June 10, 1973, in Pine Bluff, is a former American football linebacker and defensive back who played in both the National Football League and the Canadian Football League. Kidd played high school football at Pine Bluff Dollarway High School, and then played at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
Kidd later played cornerback and safety at the University of Arkansas, lettering in 1993 and 1994. As a senior, Kidd led the team in punt returns and won the Steve Little Award for the top Razorback special teams player. Following his senior season, Kidd was selected to play in the Blue-Gray Classic all-star game in Montgomery, Alabama.
Kidd was signed as a free agent by the Oakland Raiders after not being taken in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played a combined 29 games for the Oakland Raiders in 1995 and 1996. Kidd played in all sixteen games for the Raiders in 1996, grabbing the only interception in his NFL career and returning 29 kickoffs for 622 yards.
Kidd also spent time with Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs before being signed as a free agent with the BC Lions in 2000. Kidd is currently married and living in Little Rock, where he works as a physical education teacher and head football coach for Mabelvale Middle School.