Don McKinnon
Don McKinnon

2002 M Club Hall of Fame Inductee


Reunion to Celebrate the Accomplishments of the 1963 Football Team

'63 squad completed undefeated season as 14th ranked team in nation

Don McKinnon played offensive tackle for the Tigers for four years under Ralph Hatley, 1957 and Billy J. Murphy, 1958-60. One of the biggest players of his time, McKinnon had played for former Tiger Andy Settles at Grove High School in Paris, Tennessee, where he lettered in football, baseball and track.

He signed with Memphis in 1956 and after redshirting for one year, played both offensive and defensive tackle for the Tigers. He helped his team to an overall record of 24-15 over the four year span, including an 8-2 mark in 1960.

Following graduation, McKinnon played one season for the B.C. Lions of the CFL before a knee injury cut his career short. He joined Alco Gravoru, Inc. in 1963 and later became the Vice-President of Manufacturing. McKinnon also served as the Vice-President of Manafacturing for Maxwell Communications before retiring and concentrating his efforts on farming and property development.

Don and his wife, Sunshine, have two children, Shannon and Lance.

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