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Ken Willard

Ken Willard
Date of birth (1943-07-14) July 14, 1943
Place of birth Richmond, VA
Career information
Position(s) FB
College North Carolina
NFL draft 1965 / Round: 1
Career history
As player
1965-1973 San Francisco 49ers
1974 St. Louis Cardinals
Career stats
  • Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Kenneth Henderson Willard (born July 14, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia) is a former American football running back/fullback in the National Football League. Willard was drafted with the second pick of the 1965 NFL Draft, by the San Francisco 49ers ahead of future NFL Hall of Famers Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers. He played nine seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and one with the St. Louis Cardinals. He opted to pass on his eleventh season after two consecutive years of knee injuries in St. Louis.

He attended the University of North Carolina after turning down Ted Williams and a contract with the Boston Red Sox. He went to Carolina on a football scholarship and also played baseball for the Tar Heels. He led the ACC in home runs two times and is unofficially credited with the longest home run in Tar Heel history at 525 feet (160 m). He is the first UNC athlete to be named to the first-team Academic All-America team and had his portrait placed on Kenan Stadium in 2013 celebrating this honor.

Willard was a four-time Pro Bowler, selected in 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969 and scored 45 rushing and 17 receiving touchdowns. His best year was 1968 when he ran for 967 yards (884 m) and 7 touchdowns.

He was a member

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