Where Are They Now - Kevin Hardy
July 25, 2014
Kevin Hardy - LB - 1992-1995
Hailing from an astonishing Linebacker Corps, Kevin Hardy was a three-time All-Big Ten linebacker and AP All-American in 1995.
Playing alongside Butkus award winner Dana Howard, all-time Big Ten sack leader Simeon Rice and All-Big Ten linebacker John Holecek, Hardy was never intimated by his achieving teammates. Playing with reckless abandon, Hardy finished his collegiate career ranking ninth on the Illinois all-time list with 330 tackles, fourth in sacks with 18, and fourth in tackles for loss with 38.
Hardy was the winner of the 1995 Dick Butkus Award, just one season after fellow teammate, Dana Howard, took home the award. Following his collegiate career, Illinois would deem Hardy as one of the best linebackers in school history.
Hardy was selected second overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1996 NFL Draft and teammate Simeon Rice was selected third overall. In 1996, Hardy was named to the NFL All-Rookie team after recording 62 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and two interceptions. Hardy would go on to play six seasons in Jacksonville, with the 1998-1999 season being his best statistical year. He was selected to the Pro Bowl as well as named to the AP All-Pro first team in 1999 after registering 97 tackles and 10.5 sacks. Upon leaving Jacksonville, Hardy played with Dallas for one season and with Cincinnati for three years. Hardy finished his career with 742 tackles, 36 sacks, and five interceptions.
Hardy currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife Terrie and two children. In 2007, Hardy decided to build his own nightclub in South Beach, Florida, called Dream Nightclub. Dream has been known for hosting world-class celebrity events, attracting people from across the globe to indulge in Miami's diverse social atmosphere.