While at Prairie View A&M, Ken Houston spent time as a center before becoming the starting linebacker and an All-American in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. He was an all-conference performer as a senior. Ken Houston was drafted in the ninth round of the 1967 AFL-NFL draft by the Houston Oilers. After six years with the Oilers, he was traded to the Redskins in 1973. During his career he was named a Pro Bowl selection for 12 consecutive seasons from 1968-1979. He finished his career with 49 interceptions, 21 fumble recoveries, and 12 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.