Kendall Gammon Born: October 23, 1968 (Rose Hill, Kansas)
Graduated: Rose Hill High School, 1988 / Pittsburg State University, 1991. Kendall Gammon never planned on playing football. His passion for sports and competition in general led him to the
football field as a young athlete.
Gammon is a native of Rose Hill, Kansas, a small town just south of Wichita. Growing up, his dream was to be a professional athlete, regardless of the sport or team, because he was passionate about all things sports.
Through playing different sports at Rose Hill High School, Gammon discovered his knack for football. He knew those skills would give him the best chance to succeed at the next level, so he channeled his energy toward the football field. Gammon received an offer from Pittsburg State University, and after falling in love with the school, decided to continue his athletic career there. It wasn’t until his third year of college that a coach discovered Gammon’s true potential playing long snapper.
Before graduating in 1991, he was a three-time All-MIAA player and Pitt State team captain during his junior and senior years. Gammon earned three straight MIAA conference titles, a first-team All-American selection in 1991 and won the 1991 NCAA Division II National Championship with the Gorillas.
Gammon was named to the Pitt State 100th anniversary team in 2003 and was inducted into the Pitt State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007. He was later inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame in 2014.
Gammon’s ability as a long snapper landed him an NFL roster spot not long after graduating from Pitt State. The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted him in the 11th round in 1992, where he played until 1995. Gammon played in Super Bowl XXX with the Steelers before moving on to the New Orleans Saints, where he played from 1996 to 1999.
He rounded out his time as a player with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played from 2000-06 before retiring. Gammon played in 244 regular and postseason games during his fifteen-year career and became the first pure long snapper to be selected to a Pro Bowl in 2004.
He took one year off post-retirement, but in 2008, Gammon continued his NFL career from the sidelines. He served as a pregame host and field reporter for the Chiefs’ radio network for twelve years. The Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIV win was Gammon’s last game on-the-call before retiring in 2020. Now, Gammon works as the assistant to the president at Pitt State, where he not only helps with athletics, but helps oversee all the
university’s colleges as well. Gammon has two sons, and most of his family still resides in Kansas.
He’s written multiple books, including Life’s A Snap and Game Plan, and is a motivational keynote speaker. Through his writing and his words, Gammon focuses on beating the odds, developing strength
and powering toward the future. Please welcome Kendall Gammon to the Kansas Sports Hall of
Biography by: Caroline Soro
Photos Courtesy of Pitt State Athletics, the Kansas City Chiefs,
and the Pittsburgh Steelers.