Ken Kavanaugh
Date of birth: (1916-11-23)November 23, 1916
Place of birth: Little Rock, Arkansas
Date of death: January 25, 2007(2007-01-25) (aged 90)
Place of death: Sarasota, Florida
Career information
Position(s): E
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 1940 / Round: 3 / Pick 22
 As player:
1940–50 Chicago Bears
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 1939 SEC Most Valuable Player
1939 Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy
Records: Bears – Most career touchdown receptions (50)
•Bears – Most single-season touchdown receptions (13, tied by Dick Gordon in 1970)
•Bears – Highest average gain, career (22.4 yards)
•Bears – Highest average gain, season (25.6 yards in 1947)
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Ken Kavanaugh (November 23, 1916 – January 25, 2007) was an American football player, coach and scout. He played college football at LSU, where he was named Most Valuable Player of the Southeastern Conference and won the Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy[1][2] in 1939. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

After college, Kavanaugh played in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears. His career was interrupted by World War II where he was a pilot in the European theater. He flew 30 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters.[3] After the war, he continued his career with the Bears. Kavanaugh spent a total of eight seasons in Chicago.

Kavanaugh was hired by the New York Giants in 1955 as an assistant coach. He continued in that position until 1971 when he became a scout for the Giants. He retired from football in 1999.

Kavanaugh died of complications from pneumonia on January 25, 2007 in Sarasota, Florida.[4]


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