Ken Willard was a football and baseball standout at the University of North Carolina and when you read all of the info below, you’ll know a lot more about Ken and his granddaughter Krista, who is headed to High Point University this Fall….
On the former runningback at the University of North Carolina and with the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Cardinals in the NFL……Ken Willard:
He played for Jim Hickey and was the 1963 Gator Bowl MVP. He and Chris Hanburger are not in the ring of honor, yet Ken was an All American, not AP, and Hanburger is now in the NFL HOF and doesn’t meet the standards for Keenan honors.
On Ken’s granddaugter Krista Willard, who lives in Virginia and she is heading to our local High Point University in the Fall of 2011 as a track athlete….Krista Willard:
Krista has been on 3 Virginia AAA state championship teams and has been All district, region, metro 20 times, All district, region 12 times and earned 11 varsity letters in her high school career.
She had mono 2x this year and this derailed her senior year, but HPU stuck with her and this will be a great fit for her and for HPU. HPU recruited kids from the top high school distance programs this year and will definitely make a huge improvement
From the Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia……
Date of birth:
July 14, 1943 (age 67)
Place of birth:
1965 / Round: 1
San Francisco 49ers
St. Louis Cardinals
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com
Kenneth Henderson Willard (born July 14, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia) is a former
American football running back/fullback in the National Football League. Willard was drafted with the second pick of the 1965 NFL Draft, by the San Francisco 49ers ahead of future NFL Hall of Famers Dick Butkusand Gale Sayers. He played nine seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and one with the St. Louis Cardinals. He opted to pass on his eleventh season after two consecutive years of knee injuries in St. Louis.
He attended the University of North Carolina where he also played baseball and is
unofficially credited with the longest home run in Tar Heel history at 525 feet. Willard was a two-time first round pick in the Major League Baseball draft—first as a 16 letter winning high school athlete by the Boston Red Sox, and then by the Pittsburgh Pirates while at a student athlete at UNC.
He was the first UNC athlete to be named to the first-team Academic All-America team . Willard was a four-time Pro Bowler, selected in 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969. His best year was 1968 when he ran for 967 yards and 7 touchdowns.
He was a member of the 49ers when the team won the NFC West title in 1970, 1971 and 1972 and with the Cardinals when they won the division title in1974.
In 1985, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.