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Cecil Leonard
No. 28, 32
Position: Defensive back
Personal information
Born: (1946-07-20)July 20, 1946
Sylacauga, Alabama
Died: August 5, 2020(2020-08-05) (aged 74)
Statesboro, Georgia
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 160 lb (73 kg)
Career information
High school: Sylacauga (AL) East Highland
College: Tuskegee
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 8 / Pick: 208
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Head coaching record
Regular season: 154–124–1 (.554)
Postseason: 9–9 (.500)
Career: 163–133–1 (.551)
Player stats at PFR

Cecil Leonard (July 20, 1946 – August 5, 2020) was an American professional football player who was a defensive back for two seasons with the New York Jets of the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jets in the eighth round of the 1969 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tuskegee University and attended East Highland High School in Sylacauga, Alabama. Leonard was also a member of the Birmingham Americans of the World Football League (WFL).

Professional career

Leonard was selected by the New York Jets of the AFL with the 208th pick in the 1969 AFL Draft. He played for the Jets during the 1969 and 1970 seasons. He played for the Birmingham Americans of the WFL during the 1974 season.

Coaching career

Leonard was head coach of the A. H. Parker High School Thundering Herd from 1973 to 1974, compiling a record of 9–10. He was head coach of the Carol W. Hayes High School Pacesetters from 1975 to 1979, helping the team advance to the state playoffs in 1976. He returned as head coach of the A. H. Parker High School Thundering Herd from 1980 to 1992, reaching the playoffs six times. Leonard was head coach of the Miles Golden Bears of Miles College from 1994 to 2000, compiling a record of 27–41–1.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Miles Golden Bears (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1994–2000)
1994 Miles 2–6–1 2–5 T–6th
1995 Miles 4–6 4–4 T–5th
1996 Miles 6–4 3–3 T–2nd
1997 Miles 4–6 3–3 T–5th
1998 Miles 4–6 2–4 T–6th
1999 Miles 3–7 2–4 T–5th
2000 Miles 4–6 2–5 T–6th
Miles: 27–41–1 18–29
Total: 27–41–1
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