Kenneth Ray Houston (born November 12, 1944 in Lufkin, Texas) is a former American football defensive back in the American Football League and National Football League. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. Houston played for the AFL's Houston Oilers from 1967 through 1969, and after the AFL-NFL merger, with the Oilers from 1970 through 1972, then with the Washington Redskins until 1980. Houston was born in Lufkin, Texas and was the third of four children. His father, Herod, owned a dry cleaning business. Houston attended Dunbar High School where he played basketball and football. Only one school that recruited Houston after high school was Prairie State College (now Prairie View A&M University). Bishop College initially offered him a scholarship, but then withdrew it (the school had yet to be desegregated). Houston attended and played college football at Prairie View A & M University.
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