Ken Burrough

Kenneth Othell Burrough (born July 14, 1948) is a former professional American football player who at 6'4", 210 lb (95 kg) primarily played wide receiver with the Houston Oilers in the National Football League (NFL). He was a track star and played quarterback at William M. Raines High School in Jacksonville, Florida,[1] and played wide receiver at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, being named an All-American in 1969.[2]

Ken Burrough
No. 00
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1948-07-14) July 14, 1948
Jacksonville, Florida
Career information
College:Texas Southern
NFL Draft:1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving Yards:7,102
Receiving Touchdowns:49
Player stats at

Burrough was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round (10th overall) of the 1970 NFL Draft. That first season, he missed much playing time due to minor injuries and only caught 13 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. In January 1971, a trade was announced in which Burrough and fellow Saint player Dave Rowe went to the Oilers in exchange for Hoyle Granger, Terry Stoepel, Charles Blossom, and a draft choice to be named later.[3]

Burrough played eleven seasons with the Oilers from 1971 through the 1981 season. In 1975, Burrough was selected to the Pro Bowl, leading all NFL wide receivers with 1,063 receiving yards and in fact was the only receiver to gain more than a thousand yards for the season. He scored eight touchdowns for the season and averaged 20.1 yards per reception. In his book More Distant Memories: Pro Football's Best Ever Players of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, Danny Jones wrote that Burrough was "one of the most dangerous game breakers in the NFL along with Cliff Branch [Raiders], Mel Gray [Cardinals], and O.J. Simpson [Bills]." Six of Burrough's eight touchdowns were of 50 or greater yards. In a week thirteen game against the playoff-bound Raiders, Burrough caught four passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns, including a screen pass from quarterback Dan Pastorini which he converted to a 68-yard touchdown by displaying his open field running skills.[4]

Burrough was also selected to the Pro Bowl in 1977. The Oilers won post-season games in 1978 and 1979 seasons, making it to the AFC Championship both years.

Burrough was the last NFL player to wear number 00 on his jersey; the league restricted all numbers to between 1 and 89 in 1973 (later expanded to 1 and 99 in 1987), but Burrough and Jim Otto, both of whom wore 00 at the time, were covered under a grandfather clause for the rest of their careers.[5]

Burrough ranks 85th on NFL All-Time Yards per Reception List with 16.9 yards per pass reception.

In 2016, Burrough was inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. Weir, Tom (31 January 2005). "Super heroes fly home to Jacksonville". USA Today. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  2. Former Raines QB Ken Burrough headed to Black College Football Hall of Fame, Florida Times-Union, March 17, 2016.
  3. OILERS' GRANGER TRADED TO SAINTS, New York Times (Associated Press), archives, Jan. 26, 1971.
  4. More Distant Memories: Pro Football's Best Ever Players of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, Danny Jones; Bloomington, Indiana, U.S. and Central Milton Keynes, England, UK: AuthorHouse, 2006.
  5. "The 00 Fad: It's Much Ado About Nothing". The Chicago Tribune. May 27, 1990.
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