Ken Houston Honored At Hall Of Fame Dinner

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: April 17, 2007

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans Foundation along with the Methodist Hospital Debakey Heart Center recently honored Houston Oilers Hall of Famer Ken Houston at the first annual Kenny Houston Hall of Fame Dinner, held at the Methodist Training Center.

Over 500 guests including several Hall of Fame football players were in attendance including: Lynn Swann, Gale Sayers, Mel Renfro, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Vernon Perry, Ken Burrough, Elvin Bethea, Charley Taylor, Sean Salisbury, Jackie Salisbury, Larry Dieker, Meadowlark Lemon and Calvin Murphy among others were on hand for the benefit.

A standout at Prairie View A&M, Houston was an all-league player for 12 consecutive seasons: an AFL All-Star from 1968-69, and then in the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl from 1970-79.

Playing his career with the Houston Oilers and Washington Redskins, the Lufkin, Texas native was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Proceeds from the dinner, benefitted the Houston Texans Foundation and the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Former professional athletes can find themselves at an increased risk once they retire from a life of vigorous training.

To this end, research is vital to understanding, preventing and treating the disease. Robert Hurst, a artist from Austin, donated eight pieces for the auction to help raise funds for the benefit.

“The dinner benefitted Methodist Hospital and the Golf Tournament benefitted Texas Children’s Hospital”, Houston stated. “We are so happy that the Houston Texans and owner Bob McNair got involved to assist such a great cause.”