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37. Ken Willard

Ken Willard was a two-sport star at the University of North Carolina, where he Fullback also excelled at Baseball, so much so that he was recruited by Ted Williams and the Boston Red Sox.


The Tarheel went number two in the 1965 Draft, with the San Francisco 49ers being the recipient of his talents.  Willard went to the Pro Bowl in four of his first five seasons, and he had five top-nine finishes in Rushing Yards.  He was a workhorse for the 49ers with five top-six rankings in Touches, with three of them in the top three.

Following 1973, Willard played one final year in Pro Football with the St. Louis Cardinals.  Overall, Willard rushed for 5,930 Yards, caught 273 passes for 2,156 Yards with 61 Touchdowns.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Fullback, Running Back
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 2tnd Overall in the NFL Draft 11/28/64.
  • Departed: Signed with the St. Louis Cardinals after the 1973 Season.
  • Games Played: 125
  • Notable Statistics:

    118 Games Started
    1,582 Rushing Attempts
    5,930 Rushing Yards
    45 Rushing Touchdowns
    273 Receptions
    2,156 Receiving Yards
    16 Receiving Touchdowns
    0 Pass Completions
    1 Pass Attempt
    1 Kick Return
    0 Kick Return Yards
    71 Approximate Value

    4 Playoff Games
    65 Rushing Attempts
    176 Rushing Yards
    5 Receptions
    56 Receiving Yards

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-Pro (1965)
    Pro Bowl (1965, 1966, 1968 & 1969)

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