Kenny Wiggins has been a valuable performer on the Chargers’ offensive line.
Wiggins came to the NFL in 2011 and he spent his first two seasons on the practice squad — 2011 in Baltimore and 2012 in San Francisco. In 2013, he spent nine weeks on the Chargers’ practice squad and the remainder of the season on the active roster, but the former Fresno State Bulldog never made it into a game. With his practice squad time used up, Wiggins was waived in 2014 and spent most of the year out of football. When injuries depleted the Bolts’ offensive line late in 2014, the Chargers brought Wiggins back and signed him to the active roster for their season finale in Kansas City. Doing so also opened the door for Wiggins to try and earn a roster spot again in 2015.
Wiggins was waived again at the end of training camp in 2015. At the time, his football future appeared bleak. As fate would have it, the injury bug struck in San Diego once again and 10 days after being waived, the Chargers re-signed Wiggins. Five days later he saw action in a game on special teams and 12 days later in Minnesota, Wiggins saw his first regular-season game action on the offensive line.
Wiggins ended up playing in the Chargers’ final 15 games of 2015 and he started eight. He started games at left and right guard, while also seeing action at right tackle. Wiggins played a total of 401 snaps in 2015, fifth among the team’s offensive linemen. It was impressive stuff for a player who months earlier thought his football career might very well have come to an end. At the end of the year, when the NFL awarded performance-based pay bonuses for players who outplayed their adjusted regular-season salaries, Wiggins was the Chargers’ top earner and ranked 21st league-wide.
Off the field, Wiggins is an aspiring businessman who collaborated with one of his best friends from childhood, Andrew Gardner, to launch the Gafton clothing line. The name was taken from the street the two grew up on in Elk Grove, Calif., a suburb of Sacramento. Gafton currently offers clothing for both men and women with a wide range of styles. The brand has already taken off both in the United States and abroad.
Wiggins’ wife, Jennifer, is a former member of the dance team at Fresno State. The couple wed in April 2014 in Saratoga, Calif.
Aside from his clothing line, Wiggins also has aspirations of a post-football career in broadcasting. A former communications major at Fresno State, Wiggins is a frequent guest on the “Rush Hour” show on ESPN Radio’s affiliate in Fresno.
Wiggins enjoys playing basketball and fishing when he’s not playing football or training with the Chargers. Before he became an all-league hoopster at Elk Grove (Calif.) High School, Wiggins played on an AAU team in 2004 that was coached by rapper and entertainer Master P. The team played games around the country and featured Master P’s son, rapper and actor, Lil Romeo, as well as Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan. Had Wiggins not opted for a career in football, he received several overtures to play Division I college basketball. Wiggins’ brother, Josh, played baseball at Mt. Mercy University, a NAIA school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with San Francisco, July 27, 2011...waived Sept. 3...signed to Baltimore’s practice squad Nov. 28...contract expired, Jan. 30, 2012...re-signed with San Francisco, Feb. 6...waived Aug. 31...signed to 49ers’ practice squad, Sept. 2...re-signed with 49ers, Feb. 6, 2013...waived Aug. 31...signed to Chargers’ practice squad Sept. 2...signed to active roster, Nov. 16...waived Nov. 18...re-signed to Chargers’ practice squad Nov. 20...re-signed to active roster Nov. 23...waived Aug. 30, 2014...re-signed Dec. 22...waived Sept. 5, 2015...re-signed Sept. 15, 2015 and March 9, 2016...contract expired March 9, 2017...re-signed March 20.
2017: Started all 16 games at RG…Part of a line that kept QB Philip Rivers upright to throw for 4,515 yards and 28 TDs with 10 INTs on 360-of-575 passing (96.0 passer rating)…Part of a unit that allowed Rivers time to post seven games with a passer rating above 105 and nine games above 100, including one game with a passer rating of 149.1 (third highest of career)…Blocked for Rivers to reach 342 career passing TDs, tying Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton for sixth in NFL history…Provided time for Rivers to reach 50,000 career regular-season passing yards, finishing the season ranked ninth on the all-time passing yards list with 50,348…Allowed protection for Rivers to finish the year with 4,171 completions, good for seventh on the all-time completions list…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon to rush for 1,105 yards and eight TDs on 284 attempts (3.9 avg.) for his first 1,000-yard rushing season…Member of an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL (18)…Appeared on 1,042 of 1,064 offensive snaps…Participated on 67 special teams plays…at Denver (Sept. 11): Opened the game at RG, playing all 59 offensive snaps…Marked the 10th start of his career…Part of a line that allowed one sack against a Denver defense that posted a league-high 94 sacks over the previous two seasons (2015-16)…Allowed time for QB Philip Rivers to throw for three TDs, the 49th game of his career with three-plus TD passes...vs. Miami (Sept. 17): Started at RG, seeing action on 58 plays on offense…Protected QB Philip Rivers as he threw for 331 yards and a TD on 31-of-39 passing (110.6 passer rating)…Rivers’ 79.5 completion percentage was his highest since posting a percentage of 82.9 vs. Detroit to open the 2015 season (Sept. 13, 2015)…vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Appeared on 73 offensive snaps after opening the game at RG…vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Started at RG and played on 57 offensive snaps…Provided protection for QB Philip Rivers to complete 22-of-38 pass attempts for 347 yards and two TDs (105.9 passer rating), his second 300-yard performance of the season and 53rd of his career…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Started at RG, appearing on 69 offensive snaps…Helped block for RB Melvin Gordon to post 105 rushing yards on 20 attempts (5.3 avg.), and register 58 receiving yards and two TDs on a game-high six catches (9.7 avg.)…Part of a unit that did not allow a sack on the day, allowing QB Philip Rivers time to throw for 258 yards and three TDs, marking his second three-TD performance of the season and 50th of his career…Protected Rivers to surpass 47,000 career yards and move ahead of Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton to rank 10th for the most passing yards in league annals…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Started at RG, seeing action on 55 plays on offense…Opened holes for RB Melvin Gordon to post his second-consecutive game with 150-plus yards from scrimmage…Part of a unit that allowed one sack, keeping QB Philip Rivers upright to complete 25-of-36 passes for 268 yards and a TD (100.2 passer rating)…It marked Rivers’ third game of the season with a passer rating above 100…Pulled to the left on a third quarter play to spring Gordon free for an 18-yard run…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Appeared on 55 offensive snaps after starting at RG…Provided time for QB Philip Rivers to post 183 yards and two TDs on 15-of-26 passing (105.1 passer rating) for the quarterback’s 100th career victory…It marked the third game of the season with a passer rating greater than 105 and the fourth higher than 100…Provided a block on a draw to RB Melvin Gordon in the fourth quarter that went for a 21-yard gain, the longest by either team on the ground…at New England (Oct. 29): Started at RG, playing all 56 offensive snaps and two on special teams…Helped pave the way for RB Melvin Gordon to rush for a season-high 132 yards and an 87-yard TD on 14 carries (9.4 avg.)…Part of a line that blocked for the team to total 157 rushing yards, the second-most by the Chargers in a game since 2014 (208 vs. Tennessee, Nov. 6, 2016)…On the TD run, created an edge with G/T Michael Schofield for Gordon to run off-tackle before taking it the rest of the way…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Started at RG and saw action on all 69 plays on offense…Provided time for QB Philip Rivers to throw for 235 yards and two TDs with an INT on 21-of-37 (56.8 pct.) passing to move past Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon (3,988) for eighth, at the time, on the all-time completions list…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Started at RG, joining G Dan Feeney and G/T Michael Schofield as the only Chargers to play all 74 offensive snaps…Provided protection for QB Philip Rivers and QB Kellen Clemens to throw for a combined 284 passing yards and two TDs for a 108.4 passer rating, including Rivers completing 20-of-32 passes (62.5 pct.) for 251 yards and two TDs (107.7 passer rating) through three quarters…It marked the fifth game of the season for Rivers with a passer rating above 100 and the fourth above 105…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon and RB Austin Ekeler to combine for 120 rushing yards and two TDs on 26 carries (4.6 avg.)…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Started at RG and played all 68 snaps on offense…It marked the 40th game played of his career and the 20th start…Part of a line that allowed QB Philip Rivers to throw for 434 yards and three TDs on 27-of-33 passing (81.8 pct.) for a 149.1 passer rating…It marked the ninth 400-yard game, 54th 300-yard game and 51st three-TD game of Rivers’ career…The 149.1 passer rating ranked third in his career…On the first TD pass, provided Rivers time to move through his progressions to find TE Hunter Henry in the middle of the end zone matched up with S Byron Jones for a three-yard score…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Played all 70 snaps on offense after opening the contest at RG…Blocked for QB Philip Rivers to complete 31 passes on 43 attempts (72.1 pct.) for 344 yards and a TD (103.2 passer rating), marking the 55th 300-yard game of Rivers’ career…Protected Rivers to reach 3,000 yards on the year for the 12th consecutive season, which also brought his career total past 49,000…The victory gave Rivers 103 for his career, good for sole possession of 13th in league history, breaking a tie with Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Started at RG and played all 72 snaps on offense…Provided protection for QB Philip Rivers to post the 104th victory of his career and pass Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon (49,324) for ninth in all-time passing yards…Blocked for Rivers to post 319 passing yards and two TDs on 18-of-31 passing (58.1 pct.) for a 114.9 passer rating, marking the 56th career game of 300-plus passing yards…Provided a block on RB Melvin Gordon’s one-yard TD run with just over six minutes remaining in the third quarter…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Played all 64 snaps on offense after opening the game at RG…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon to post 78 rushing yards and a TD on 19 attempts (4.1 avg.) and six catches for 91 yards (15.2 avg.)…Gordon’s 169 yards from scrimmage were a season high and rank second in the running back’s career…Made a sealing block on Gordon’s two-yard TD run in the second quarter, bringing Gordon into a tie for the No. 9 in career rushing TDs in Chargers history…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Started at RG, playing all 73 snaps on offense…Provided time for QB Philip Rivers to pass Hall of Fame QB John Elway (4,123) for eighth on the all-time completions list, finishing 22-of-40 passing (55.0 pct.) for 290 yards and a TD (86.5 passer rating)…It marked Rivers’ ninth 4,000-yard season of his career, becoming the fourth player in NFL history to achieve 4,000 yards in nine-plus seasons (Peyton Manning with 14, Drew Brees with 12 and Tom Brady with nine)…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon to post 81 rushing yards and a TD on 19 carries (4.3 avg.) and haul in three catches for 47 yards (15.7 avg.), allowing Gordon to surpass 1,000 rushing yards for the first season of his career…Sprung Gordon free with a block on a screen pass in the third quarter for a 39-yard gain…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Started at RG, appearing on all 70 offensive snaps…Protected QB Philip Rivers to throw for 387 yards and three TDs on 28-of-37 passing (75.7 pct.) for a 135.8 passer rating…It marked Rivers’ 57th 300-yard game and his 52nd three-TD game…Rivers’ three TD passes brought his career total to 342, tying Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton for sixth in NFL history…Provided time for Rivers to eclipse 50,000 career regular-season passing yards, making him the ninth player in league annals to do so…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon to register 93 rushing yards on 17 attempts (5.5 avg.) and six catches for 31 receiving yards (5.2 avg.)…The rushing yardage pushed Gordon into seventh in Chargers history…Sealed off LB NaVorro Bowman at the line of scrimmage to spring Gordon free for a 17-yard run in the third quarter…Later on the same drive, pulled to the left to block for another 17-yard run by Gordon…Provided a block on a screen pass for a 14-yard play with just under a minute left in the second quarter.
2016: Oct. 2 vs. New Orleans, took over for injured Orlando Franklin at left guard in third quarter...saw brief action for Franklin Oct. 9 at Oakland...saw action as extra tackle in goal line package Nov. 6 vs. Tennessee and was in on one-yard TD run by Melvin Gordon that helped Bolts reclaim lead they would not relinquish...pancake block as extra tackle in third quarter Nov. 13 vs. Miami helped spring Gordon for 18-yard run on 2nd-and-10 play during TD drive for 17-14 lead...took over for injured Franklin at left guard Dec. 24 at Cleveland and Jan. 1 vs. Kansas City.
2015: First career regular-season action on offensive line Sept. 27 at Minnesota...took over at left guard for Chris Hairston and later saw action at right tackle when injuries forced Joe Barksdale to shift from right to left tackle...first career start at left guard for injured Orlando Franklin in 30-27 win vs. Cleveland Oct. 4...Bolts passed for 358 yards and three touchdowns vs. Browns, while line surrendered just two sacks...team won game on 34-yard field goal with no time left on clock...Oct. 12 vs. Pittsburgh on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, started at left guard...in second quarter, shifted to right tackle when left tackle Hairston was injured and Barksdale went from right tackle to left tackle...on last play of third quarter, played one snap at right guard when D.J. Fluker came out for play, before returning to right tackle for remainder of game...played entire game at left guard Oct. 18 at Green Bay as Philip Rivers set franchise records for attempts, completions and yards...saw brief action at right guard Oct. 25 vs. Oakland and in fourth quarter, took over at left guard for injured Franklin...saw action at both left guard and right tackle as injuries forced multiple re-shufflings of offensive line Nov. 1 at Baltimore...Nov. 22 vs. Kansas City, took over at right tackle late in third quarter for injured Barksdale...Nov. 29 at Jacksonville, started at left guard in place of Fluker and played all 71 snaps as line allowed just two sacks in 45 total dropbacks while Rivers passed for 300 yards and four TDs...entered game vs. Miami Dec. 20 very briefly at right tackle for Barksdale, who was injured but returned...took over at right tackle in second half Dec. 24 at Oakland as injury to Hairston forced Barksdale to shift from right tackle to left tackle...in overtime, moved to left guard after team lost center Trevor Robinson and J.D. Walton went from left guard to center...starting left guard Jan. 3 at Denver for Franklin...in fourth quarter vs. Broncos, shifted to right tackle for injured Barksdale.
2014: NFL debut on special teams Dec. 28 at Kansas City.
2013: Spent Weeks 1-9 on Chargers’ practice squad...elevated to active roster for final nine weeks, including playoffs, but did not appear in any games.
2012: Spent entire season on San Francisco’s practice squad.
2011: Signed to Baltimore’s practice squad Nov. 28 and remained there for balance of season.
COLLEGE: First-team All-Western Athletic Conference as senior in 2010...second-team All-WAC as junior...helped block for 1,808-yard, 19-touchdown season by Ryan Mathews in 2009...played in 42 career games...redshirted in 2006...played at Fresno State from 2007-10...communications major.
PERSONAL: Born in Elk Grove, Calif. ...first-team All-Delta League in football and basketball at Elk Grove (Calif.) High.