Schroy, Kenny

Schmitt, John
February 7, 2018
Smith, Carl T.
February 7, 2018

Schroy, Kenny

Kenny Schroy

Induction Year: 2008

Category: Football

Schroy is a former football player for the New York Jets. He grew up in Quakertown, Pa. and was awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of Maryland, where he played on special teams for both the offense and defense and was an All-American. He appeared in both the Liberty & Peach Bowls, with an ACC championship in his final season. He was a resident in Suffolk County during and beyond his Jets playing days.

Kenny was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the tenth round of the NFL draft of 1975, but soon was shipped off to the New York Jets where he enjoyed a 10 year career with them, playing in 118 games, recording 16 interceptions and two sacks. He was promoted to a starting position (strong safety) in his fourth season and finished 3rd that year in the NFL with 8 interceptions, and he recorded the third longest interception return for a touchdown in Jets history.

He played in the AFC championship game in 1982, was named the Defensive Player of the Week twice, and was selected as an alternate defensive back for the 1980 Pro Bowl. The Jet Pack awarded Kenny the “Sparkplug” award – their MVP for the 1980 season. He retired in 1982.

He spends much of his time doing community and charity work, and his greatest effort is his long standing commitment to the Marty Lyons Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for terminally ill children by fulfilling their special wishes. Kenny is the Vice Chairman of the Foundation and serves as Chairman of the annual Holiday Party for the Wish Children, where those fortunate to survive their illnesses gather and have a wonderful time.

He is currently Director of Sales and Marketing for American Recreational Products, which manufactures playground equipment under the name Play & Park Structures and is one of the largest in the United States.