2.18.2010

Ken Houston, 1977 Topps (Football Friday No. 31)

Name: Ken Houston
Team: Washington Redskins
Position: Safety
Value of card: Eight pounds of fugly
Key 1976 stat: One rule change caused
Houston, we have a problem: Ken Houston was a 10-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All Pro. But perhaps most notably, in 1976 he changed the game. Feeling he wasn't intimidating enough, Houston grew the most frightening beard seen since Rasputin. Along with his neck welts, Houston's face became the most unstoppable force in the NFL. Instead of drilling receivers as they came across the field, Houston would simply remove his helmet, grimace and watch as either his opponent or the ball would tumble to the ground. His cheekbone-beard once made O.J. Simpson soil his jock strap all by itself. The NFL changed its rules in 1977 to state that players could only remove their helmets if doing some kind of funky touchdown celebration.
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