Ken Strong

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Ken Strong
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Pro Football Hall of Fame induction
No. 50
Position: Halfback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1906-04-21)April 21, 1906
Place of birth: West Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Date of death: October 5, 1979(1979-10-05) (aged 73)
Place of death: New York, New York, U.S.
Career information
College: New York
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing touchdowns: 24
Receiving touchdowns: 7
Games played: 131
Stats at

Elmer Kenneth Strong, Jr. (April 21, 1906 – October 5, 1979) was a college and professional American football player. After a college career as multi-year All-American at New York University, he went on to play professional football. As a halfback with a 14-year career he played from 1929–1937, 1939, (interrupted by war service) 1944–1947. He played for the Staten Island Stapletons and New York Giants, both of the National Football League, and the New York Yankees of the second American Football League.

He is the first known player in NFL history to attempt and score on a fair catch kick. The kick was made on November 26, 1933, in a win against the visiting Green Bay Packers. The 30-yard kick was also the shortest fair catch kick in NFL history. Only five people, including Strong, have made successful fair catch kick attempts in the NFL. Strong is also believed to be the second player (after Mose Kelsch) to have devoted an entire season to placekicking; his 1939 season with the Giants had him playing very little outside of kicks.[1]


  1. ^ Hogrogian, John (2000). "Twelve Interesting Things About The 1939 NFL Season" (PDF). Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association) 22 (3): 1–5. 

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