Kenny King
No. 30, 32, 33
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1957-03-07) March 7, 1957 (age 66)
Clarendon, Texas, U.S.
Career information
NFL Draft:1979 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:2,477
Player stats at · PFR

Kenneth Leon King (born March 7, 1957) is an American former professional football player who was a running back for seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL), mainly with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. He was a starter for the Raiders in Super Bowl XV and Super Bowl XVIII.

High school

Kenny King was one of the best running backs in Texas while at Clarendon High School. He was inducted into the Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Kenny ran behind mean green Larry Shields, his fullback.[1]

College career

After a stellar high school career, Kenny King played tailback and fullback at University of Oklahoma in the famed wishbone offense under Barry Switzer. King led the team in Rushing in 1976 with 791 yards on 141 carries for a 5.6 average; he also had 4 touchdowns.[2][3] He shared the backfield with Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims.

Professional career

After attending Oklahoma, King was drafted in the Third round (72nd overall)[4] of the 1979 amateur draft by the Houston Oilers. After his first season in Houston, the Oilers traded King to the Oakland Raiders where he spent the rest of his career, and followed them to Los Angeles upon the team's move there in 1982. King set a Super Bowl record for the longest touchdown reception with an 80-yarder in the Raiders 27-10 Super Bowl XV victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. That record stood until it was surpassed by Green Bay Packer Antonio Freeman's 81-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre in Super Bowl XXXI.[5][6] He played one season for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1987, playing in 2 games for them that season before retiring.


  1. ^ Sports Hall of Fame inducts Kenny King
  2. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2009-10-18.
  3. ^ Sports Hall of Fame inducts Kenny King
  4. ^ List of NFL drafted Oklahoma Sooners Archived 2007-07-18 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Super Bowl XV recap
  6. ^ Super Bowl XXXVIII recap