Ken Houston of Lufkin and Prairie View A&M is widely recognized as the premier strong safety of his era, if not all time. His brilliant 14-year career with the Houston Oilers, 1967-72, and Washington Redskins, 1973-1980, was memorialized by induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986, his first year of eligibility. Houston would have shared the Pro Bowl record for appearances with 10 had not an injury sidelined him in the 1980 game. Earlier in his career, he had played in two AFL all-star games. With the Redskins he was named All-NFC or All-Pro in seven straight seasons, 1973-1979. The 6'3'', 198lb Houston became famous as a punishing tackler from his secondary position. He also intercepted 49 passes and averaged 18.3 per return. Houston was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.