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  Ken Duncan '66 - Athlete - Football, Basketball

Inducted May 15, 2011    

     Ken started his athletic career in Santa Barbara County, eventually setting in Carpinteria in 1962. After a stellar high school career playing three sports, Ken enrolled at Ventura College in 1964, where he participated in football and basketball for the Pirates.

 

     In his freshman year, Ken was an outstanding two-way starter on the football team, where he earned second team All-WSC honors as a wide receiver and second team All-WSC accolades as a defense back, which is a difficult and most unusual individual accomplishment. Ken led the team in receptions that year. After football, Ken played on the Pirates basketball team, which was coached by George Hails, and the assistant coach was Ventura College Sports Hall of Famer Jim Whelan. Ken averaged 9.9 points per game, and was voted Captain of the basketball team.  

 

     In Kenís sophomore year, he continued to earn team and individual honors. The 1965 football team, which included fellow Ventura College Hall of Famers Chuck Williams and Brandt Jackson, won the WSC Championship for the first time since 1951. Ken distinguished himself by catching a school record 56 passes, and he had an outstanding punting average of 39.4 yards per punt. Not one of Kenís punts was ever returned for a touchdown.  Playing in the 1965 Elks Bowl, Ken set a Bowl record with nine catches for 117 yards in a losing effort to the top team in the nation.   

 

     While most athletes transferred to four-year colleges after VC, Ken made the ďbigĒ transfer to Uncle Samís team, getting drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967. Ken served a year in Vietnam. Having been honorably discharged from the military, Ken enrolled at Tulsa University (Oklahoma) in 1969 on a scholarship. 

 

     At Tulsa, Ken was named to the 1970 Sporting News All-American team as a punter. He tied the school record for the longest punt, 87 yards against Wichita State.  Ken was a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Punting Champion (1969-1970).  Ken was honored as co-captain of the football team. Ken remains in the top 5 receivers all for season yardage (734), career yardage (1,026), season (56) and career catches (67), and punting average (39.4).

 

     In 1971, Ken was drafted by the NFL Minnesota Vikings. He subsequently played for the Green Bay Packers in 1971-1972, until a knee injury forced him to retire. Ken briefly returned to the Pirates football team as an assistant coach in the 1970s and Ď80s.

 

     In 2009, Ken was inducted into the Santa Barbara County Sports Hall of Fame. Ken is now a professional personal trainer, and can occasionally be seen on TV commercials and in film. Ken resides in Ventura.

 

 

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