Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Ken O'Brien

Ken O'Brien


  • Position: Quarterback
  • School: California-Davis, Cal-State Sacramento
  • High School: Sacramento, CA (Jesuit HS)
  • Years: 1978, 1980-1982
  • Inducted: 1997
  • Place of Birth: Rockville Centre, NY
  • Date of Birth: Nov 27, 1960
  • Jersey Number: 15
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 195

Member Biography

Ken O'Brien, quarterback for California-Davis in 1982, ranked No. 2 in total offense and No. 3 in passing efficiency in Divison II. He completed 217 passes for 23 touchdowns in 10 games. His completion percentage was .610. He made Division II All-America. He led California-Davis to a 10-0 record in the regular season. In the NCAA playoffs the Aggies beat Northern Michigan 42-21 and North Dakota State 19-14 before losing in the championship game to Southwest Texas 34-9. The Aggies averaged 32 points a game in 1982. O'Brien was named All-Far Western Conference quarterback three times. The Aggies finished 7-2-1 in 1980 and in 1981 ended up 6-4. In 1981 and 1982 O'Brien received the Babe Slater Award as the best offensive player in the conference. O'Brien also won a letter in 1978 as a reserve quarterback at California State-Sacramento. O'Brien was 6'4" in height and weighed 210. He played 11 years in the pros with the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. He settled in Sacramento, California, where he launched a career as a broadcaster. O'Brien also won a letter in 1978 as a reserve quarterback at California State-Sacramento