Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Ken Kavanaugh

Ken Kavanaugh

Details

  • Position: End
  • School: Louisiana State
  • High School: Little Rock, AR (Central HS)
  • Years: 1937-1939
  • Inducted: 1963
  • Place of Birth: Little Rock, AR
  • Date of Birth: Nov 23, 1916
  • Place of Death: Sarasota, FL
  • Date of Death: Jan 25, 2007
  • Jersey Number: 51
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 203

Member Biography

Single-wing football hardly emphasized the passing game, but that didn't curb the incredible ball-hawking talents of Louisiana State's Ken Kavanaugh. A fast and elusive receiver, Kavanaugh teamed with Leo Bird to give the Tigers an aerial combination unrivaled in the South during the late 1930s. Despite the reluctance to pass in those days, Kavanaugh snared 30 Bird throws in nine games, netting 467 yards to lead the nation's receivers in 1939 and earn the Most Valuable Player award in the Southeastern Conference. For his exceptional efforts, Kavanaugh was presented the Knute Rockne Memorial Award that year, the first lineman so honored. Following graduation, Kavanaugh joined the Chicago Bears and was an all-pro end. During World War II, Kavanaugh served as a bomber pilot and flew 30 missions over Germany, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four Oak Clusters. After the war, he rejoined the Bears to continue a brilliant career. In 1951, he moved to the New York Giants as assistant coach.