On Sunday, December 9th, 2018 the World Youth Championship All-Star Division experienced a Gold Jacket Presentation. Ken Houston, Hall of Famer and Gold Jacket spoke to athletes and families about his journey as a professional football player. Ken Houston excelled as the premier free safety of his era in a 14-year span that began with the 1967 Houston Oilers who drafted him in the ninth round of the AFL-NFL draft. After excelling for six years with the Oilers, Ken was traded to the Redskins for five veteran players in 1973. He won all-league acclaim with the Oilers in 1969 and 1971, and then was either All-Pro or All-NFC with the Redskins every year from 1973 to 1979. He was selected for either the AFL All-Star game or the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl 12 straight seasons from 1968 through 1979.
Throughout Ken’s speech, he told the athletes that there’s more to life than being a good football player. He gave athletes advice and advised them to always do what’s right while staying true to yourself. Following the presentation, he took the time to meet with the athletes, answer questions and take pictures.