Syd Kitson

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Syd Kitson
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Personal information
Born: (1958-09-27) September 27, 1958 (age 61)
Orange, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:New Providence (NJ)
College:Wake Forest
NFL Draft:1980 / Round: 3 / Pick: 61
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:50
Games started:12
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Sydney William Kitson (born September 27, 1958) is a former professional American football guard in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Wake Forest University.

Early years[edit]

He attended New Providence High School in New Providence, New Jersey, where he played football on the New Providence Pioneers. He accepted a scholarship from Wake Forest University. In college, he started his career at tight end, before being moved to offensive tackle and eventually to offensive guard.

Professional career[edit]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Kitson was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (61st overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he was a reserve guard until the tenth game, when he replaced an injured Buddy Aydelette as the team's long snapper.[1]

On October 13, 1981, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a neck injury for five games.[2] In 1982, he was placed on the injured reserve list, after suffering a crack shoulder, while playing against the Los Angeles Raiders in the preseason.[3]

In 1983, he alternated at left guard with Dave Drechsler for the first 4 games,[4] before being moved to right guard after the 11th game of the season in place of Tim Huffman.[5] He had a reception for 9 yards as an eligible receiver against the Minnesota Vikings.[6]

In 1984, he was benched after the third game, in favor of using a larger Ron Hallstrom at right guard.[7] He was released on October 23 to make room for guard Keith Uecker.[8]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On November 27, 1984, he was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys and only played in one game.[9] He was waived on August 27, 1985 season.

Personal life[edit]

From 1986 to 1992, he founded a real estate company that developed and sold residential communities, commercial properties, senior housing units, retail stores and offices.

He is currently the chairman/CEO and one of the founding partners of Kitson & Partners, a real estate development company. Kitson, along with group of his partners from Kitson & Partners, planned a new solar-powered city called Babcock Ranch in Southwest Florida.[10] Kitson also serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Council of 100 and as the Chair of the Florida Chamber.


  1. ^ "Packers Sign Two Linebackers To Replace Anderson, Cumby". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "Packers Sign Guard, Deactivate Kitson". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Packers Cut Torkelson, Jensen, Livers". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Kitson And Sams On Their Guards". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Packers Demote Huffman And Promote Kitson". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Notes". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "Packers make guard changes". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Kitson Cut By Packers". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Cowboy Coach Landry Says Hell Back Next Season". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Solar Energy-Loving NFL Vet Syd Kitson Is Building the Smartest Town in Florida". Retrieved February 19, 2016.