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Small world: Kingsbury winds up coaching ex-teammate Testaverde’s son

Vinny Testaverde turned 42 years old during the 2005 NFL season, and Kliff Kingsbury had just turned 26.

To hear Kingsbury tell it, the age and experience difference didn’t matter during the season he was a teammate of Testaverde’s with the New York Jets.

“We were up there that one year together, but I always had a ton of respect for him, the way he treated me when I was up there,” Kingsbury said Monday. “He was an 18-year veteran and he was very good to me and treated me well. I always remembered that and have a ton of respect for him.”

In a small-world scenario, Kingsbury now finds himself coaching Testaverde’s son Vincent Jr. at Texas Tech — and he had to use the freshman walk-on for most of Saturday’s 34-13 loss to Texas. The younger Testaverde, in as an emergency fill-in, completed 15 of 26 passes for 116 yards with an interception.

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