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Happy Birthday, Ken Houston!

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 12, 2014 – 4:54 pm

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Ken Houston Receives New Hall Of Fame Ring

Pro Football Hall of Famer and Washington Redskins legend Ken Houston is celebrating his 70th birthday today!

Acquired by the Redskins in a blockbuster trade with the Houston Oilers before the 1973 season, Houston would spend eight magnificent seasons in Washington.

Of course, you can’t talk about Houston’s Redskins career without mentioning the tackle against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

Ahead by seven, but with the Cowboys within yards of scoring a possible game-tying touchdown, Houston stopped running back Walt Garrison inches before he could cross the goal line at RFK Stadium.

Game over, Redskins win.

“I do remember that play really well and it was very good for my career,” Houston told Redskins.com. “We played the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, 1973 ,and it was4th-and-4 on the four-yard line. They were throwing a swing pass between Walt Harrison and Jean Fugett, and Brig Owens and I had this combo coverage they call it and I actually thought that I could of stepped in and make the interception. I’m glad I didn’t, because it seemed like I made a great tackle and that’s why I say desperation. I just held the guy up, Walt Garrison, and it was one of the greatest plays of my career.”

Houston would eventually appear in 112 games with the Redskins, recording 24 interceptions and recovering 10 fumbles. He was selected to the Pro Bowl his first seven seasons in Washington as well.

After deciding to call it a day on his playing career, the Prairie View product served as football coach for Wheatley High School and Westbury High School in Houston, Texas.

Then, 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.

Transitioning out of coaching, Houston would then serve as a school counselor, a position he still holds today.

“I work two days a week as a special education counselor in Houston,” he told Redskins.com during the Homecoming Alumni Reception in October. “I work K-12. I part my experiences and things that I have done, and learned over the years, and I’m really excited about that.”

And from whom did Houston learn some of his greatest life lessons?

“George Allen taught us a lot about life,” he said. “You play football, be also talks a lot about life. He taught us about family, he taught us about being a team and I think that the reason that the guys played as long as they did is because they had that lesson.”







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