|Date of birth:||August 20, 1962|
|Place of birth:||Bakersfield, California|
|NFL Draft:||1985 / Round: 1/ Pick 7|
|1985-1996||Green Bay Packers|
Career highlights and awards
2014 inductee in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
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High school career
Ruettgers attended Garces Memorial High School (Bakersfield, CA) and was a good student and a standout in football. His two younger brothers, Steven and Paul, graduated from Garces Memorial as well, while his younger sister Laura graduated from Highland many years later.
Ruettgers played college football under scholarship at the University of Southern California, where he was named to the All-Pac-10 Conference Team in 1984. He blocked for Rodney Peete and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen.
After graduating from USC, Ken was drafted in the first-round of the 1985 NFL Draft (7th pick) by Green Bay where he remained throughout his professional career. Ken was the Green Bay Packers' 1989 offensive MVP. He began the 1996 season on the Physically Unable to Perform List. He was activated after four games, but injuries had taken their toll and he could not finish the season.
In December, 2013 Ken was named as an inductee into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on July 19, 2014 at the Lambeau Field Atrium. He is the 150th member to be inducted in to the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame along with Ahman Green.
After a successful career in the NFL, Ruettgers moved to Oregon. After a brief stint in the publishing industry, he founded GamesOver.org, a non-profit group dedicated to help former professional athletes cope with the stresses of retirement.
Ruettgers has a B.A. in Business Administration from USC's Marshall School of Business, and an MBA from California State University, Bakersfield. He received a Ph.D in sociology from Oxford Graduate School in Dayton, Tennessee in 2007. Later, he began teaching Sociology classes part-time at Central Oregon Community College. Students found out that he had been a football player when they found his Wikipedia entry. He has also began coaching football at a local high school in Sisters, Oregon.
He is married with three children. Their names are Matt, Katherine and Susan. Matthew Francis Ruettgers, 24, of Bend, died in a motorcycle accident on August 9, 2012.
- Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, Where are they Now?, p.86, Published by Time Inc.
- Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, Where are they Now?, p.86-87, Published by Time Inc.
- Sports Illustrated, August 2, 2010, Where are they Now?, p.87, Published by Time Inc.
- "Good Morning Wisconsin". December 11, 2013. Event occurs at 07:25. WLUK-TV.