Ken Houston born in Lufkin, Texas is a former football defensive back in the American and National Football Leagues. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
Houston played for the Houston Oilers from 1967 through through 1972, then with the Washington Redskins until 1980. While with the Redskins, Houston went to seven straight Pro Bowls. Houston attended and played college football at 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 was an all-league 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.
After his retirement 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.
Husband and father of two, Houston serves 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.