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Kenny Pickett Biography

Kenny Pickett, originally known as Kenneth Shane Pickett is an American personality who plays football as a quarterback for the Pittsburgh Panthers. Kenny took his game to a whole new level in the past and because of that, he became one of the contenders for the Heisman Award 2021.

Early Life

Kenny Pickett was born on 16th June 1998 in Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey where he has raised his whole life. Kenny went to Ocean Township High School from where he obtained his education. As a junior, he played for his high school team and led his team to the New Jersey Central Group III semifinal game making an overall record of 9-2.

247Sports ranked Kenny Pickett at number 23 among the high school football players in senior year. During his football career, He passed for 4,670 yards with 43 touchdowns. He rushed for 873 yards and 17 touchdowns during his whole junior career. First, he got committed to playing football for Temple University but later, he changed his commitment and choose to play for the University of Pittsburgh.

Kenny Pickett Career

He attended his first career game in Pittsburgh’s final game in 2017 against the second-ranked Miami Hurricanes. Kenny led his team to complete 18 out of 29 passes and earned 193 yards. He rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns during the game. Moreover, he completed his whole season while passing for 39 out of 66 passes and making 509 yards with one touchdown and one interception. In 2018, Kenny Pickett led his team named Panthers to ACC Coastal Division Championship where he performed as a full-time starter. Panthers was ranked at number 24 in the whole country while Pickett was in his 2018 season. Thereafter, the Panthers went on to lose 14-13 to Stanford in the sun bowl. With the start of the year 2019, Pickett made a start with 12 games.

He missed one of those games because of his injury. He scored overall 289 out of 469 passes and went to achieve 3,098 yards with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. This was Pickett’s first season where he acted as offensive coordinator and increased the number of passes. Pickett led the Panthers to achieve the overall record of 7-5 heading into the postseason. Later, the Panthers were selected to the 2019 Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit where the team defeated Eastern Michigan by 34-30.

Kenny completed his season of 2019 with a throw of 361 yards and three touchdowns. He also led a game-winning touchdown in the final minutes of the game. In the year 2021, the NCAA granted all 2020 fall athletes an extra year of eligibility. Pickett used this opportunity and returned to his team Panthers while beginning at quarterback in 2021. Pickett took advantage of his final year eligibility and came out to be the nation’s top player that season.

Kenny Pickett Biography

Real Name Kenneth Shane Pickett
Birth Date  6 June 1998
Age (as of 2021) 23 Years
Birth Place Oakhurst, New Jersey, United States
Nationality American
Profession Football Quarterback
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Gemini

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 3” – in Centimeters – 191 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 100 kg  –  in Pounds –  220 lbs
Shoe Size 14 (U.S.)
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Body Type Athletic


Father Ken Pickett
Mother Kasey Pickett
Sister Alex Pickett


School Ocean Township High School
College University of Pittsburgh

Relationship Status

Marital Status In Relation
Affair Yes
Is he a Gay? No
Girlfriend Amy Paternoster

Personal Life

Kenny Pickett is currently dating his long-time girlfriend named Ellie Martel. They both have been together since their time in high school. Ellie used to be a nursing student. Ellie Martel was born in New Jersey and she is currently residing in the Duquesne area, pursuing her nursing studies. She is attending Duquesne University School of Nursing for her further studies. Ellie Martel was brought up by her parents named Ric Martel (father) and the mother whose identity has not yet been revealed. Ellie’s father has been a successful businessman who is working as a plus bonus agent.

He also holds the position of Regional Vice President for Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate business. Ellie’s mother happens to be an artist and blogger. Ellie owes a sibling sister who is pursuing her studies in a reputed college. Kenny and Ellie Martel have been dating each other for more than 5 years since their typical college days in Oakhurst. Now, the pair is looking forward to having certain commitments for each other. Although the pair has not hinted about their further commitments with the relationship, the couple seems to be inclined towards each other with an early sharing of rings.

Kenny Pickett Net Worth

He is earning a net worth of around $5 million. Pickett is the strongest and most talented player on the team. He was nominated for the Maxwell Award, Manning Award, and other honors.


  • In 2017, Kenny spent most of his freshman season as a backup player for Max Browne and Ben DiNucci.
  • He started his 2018 season with overall 14 games in which he completed 180 out of 310 passes and received 1,969 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.
  • Pickett finished his regular season of 2021 with 40 interceptions and 4,066 passing yards.
  • This was his break-out season that set numerous school records.
  • Pickett won many national awards and established himself to be one of the top quarterback players for the 2022 NFL Draft.

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