This article is about the American football defensive back. For the NHL hockey defenseman named Ken Houston, see Ken Houston (ice hockey). For the Irish rugby player, see Kenneth Houston.
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|Date of birth: November 12, 1944
|Place of birth: Lufkin, Texas
|High School: Dunbar High School
|Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
||Weight: 197 lb (89 kg)
|College: Prairie View A&M
|NFL Draft: 1967 / Round: 9 / Pick: 214
|Debuted in 1967 for the Houston Oilers
|Last played in 1980 for the Washington Redskins
|Career highlights and awards
- 12× Pro Bowl selection (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
- "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year (1980)
- NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
- NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
- 70 Greatest Redskins
|Career NFL statistics as of 1980
|Interception return yards
|Stats at NFL.com
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com
|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com
|Pro Football Hall of Fame
Kenneth Ray Houston (born November 12, 1944 in Lufkin, Texas) is a former American football defensive back in the American Football League and National Football League. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
Houston played for the AFL's Houston Oilers from 1967 through 1969, and after the AFL-NFL merger, with the Oilers from 1970 through 1972, then with the Washington Redskins until 1980.
Houston was born in Lufkin, Texas and was the third of four children. His father, Herod, owned a dry cleaning business. Houston attended Dunbar High School where he played basketball and football.
Only one school that recruited Houston after high school was Prairie A&M College (now Prairie View A&M University). Bishop College initially offered him a scholarship, but then withdrew it (the school had yet to be desegregated).
Houston attended and played college football at Prairie View A&M College (Prairie View A & M University]. For a short time he was a center, and then became the starting linebacker and was selected All-American in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Houston also ran track, and was on the swim team during the four years he was at Prairie State.
Houston was an all-league free safety player for twelve consecutive years: an American Football League All-Star in 1968 and 1969, and then in the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl from 1970 through 1979. He was selected All-Pro three times. In 1999, he was ranked number 61 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.
Throughout his career he had an extraordinary ability to know where the ball was going. Houston intercepted 49 passes, recovered 21 fumbles, gained 1,498 return yards (on interception, fumble, blocked field goal, kickoff, and punt returns), and scored 12 touchdowns. Ken is a member of the 1986 class of the Hall of Fame.
Houston was drafted in the ninth round of the 1967 AFL-NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers of the American Football League. He became a starter by the third game of his rookie season. Two weeks later, in a game against the New York Jets, he scored two touchdowns, one on a 71-yard (65 m) blocked field goal attempt, and the other on a 43-yard (39 m) interception return.
In 1971 he set an NFL record with five touchdown returns (four interceptions and one fumble). This would stand until surpassed by Devin Hester's six return touchdowns in the 2006 season.
After six years with the Oilers, Houston was traded to the Washington Redskins for five veteran players in 1973. Included in the trade were offensive lineman Jim Snowden, tight end Mack Alston, wide receiver Clifton McNeil, defensive end Mike Fanucci, and defensive back Jeff Severson. While with the Redskins, Houston went to seven straight Pro Bowls.
After his retirement in 1980, Houston served as a head football coach for Wheatley High School and Westbury High School in Houston, Texas. From 1982 to 1985, he was the defensive backfield coach for the Houston Oilers and from 1986 to 1990 he was the defensive backfield coach for the University of Houston.
Since 1990, Houston has served as a guidance counselor for children in hospitals and who are home bound or have been placed in child care agencies by the State of Texas. He does this work for the Houston Independent School District.
Houston has a wife, Gustie, a daughter, Kene; and a son, Kenneth Christian.
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Head Coach 1971–77 • Cliff Battles
RB 1932–37 • Sammy Baugh
QB 1937–52 • Gene Brito
DE, 1951–53, 1955–58 • Larry Brown
RB 1969–76 • Dave Butz
DT 1975–88 • Gary Clark
WR 1985–92 • Jack Kent Cooke
Owner 1961–97 • Bill Dudley
RB, 1950–51, 1953 • Wayne Curry
Prince George's County Executive 1994–2002 • Pat Fischer
CB 1968–77 • Joe Gibbs
Head Coach, 1981–92, 2004–07 • Darrell Green
CB 1983–2002 • Russ Grimm
G 1981–91 • Chris Hanburger
LB 1965–78 • Ken Harvey
LB 1994–98 • Len Hauss
C 1964–77 • Phil Hochberg PA Announcer 1963–2000 • Ken Houston
S 1973–80 • Sam Huff
LB, 1964–67, 1969 • Joe Jacoby
T/G 1981–93 • Dick James
RB 1956–63 • Sonny Jurgensen
QB 1964–74 • Charlie Justice
RB, 1950, 1952–54 • Billy Kilmer
QB 1971–78 • Eddie LeBaron
QB, 1952–53, 1955–59 • Vince Lombardi
Head Coach 1969 • Dexter Manley
DE 1981–89 • Charles Mann
DE 1983–93 • George Preston Marshall
Team Founder & Owner 1932–69 • Wayne Millner
End, 1936–41, 1945 • Bobby Mitchell
Flanker 1962–68 • Brian Mitchell
RB/KR 1990–99 • Art Monk
WR 1980–93 • Mark Moseley
PK 1974–86 • Brig Owens
DB 1966–77 • Vince Promuto
G 1960–70 • John Riggins
RB, 1976–79, 1981–85 • Jerry Smith
TE 1965–77 • Charley Taylor
WR 1964–77 • Sean Taylor
S 2004–07 • Joe Theismann
QB 1974–85 • Lamar "Bubba" Tyer Head Athletic Trainer, 1971–2002, 2004–08 • Doug Williams
QB 1986–89 •