Virden played college basketball for Murray State University. Virden was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1970 NBA Draft and by the Kentucky Colonels in the 1970 American Basketball Association draft.
After a stint in the United States Army, Virden signed with the Kentucky Colonels. Virden played for part of the 1972-73 season for the Colonels, averaging 9.9 points per game as the team made it to the ABA Finals before losing the championship to the Indiana Pacers 4 games to 3. A knee injury ended Virden's season and promising career.
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