- Ken Ploen
DateOfBirth=birth date and age|1935|6|3
University of Iowa
DraftedRound=19 / Pick 222
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Kenneth "Ken" Ploen (born
June 3, 1935) was a star quarterbackin American college footballand for the Winnipeg Blue Bombersof the Canadian Football League(CFL)
In 1956, Ploen became the
University of IowaHawkeyes starting quarterback. That year, he led his team to its first Big Ten Conferencetitle in 35 years and winning the 1957 Rose Bowl Game. He was named Big Ten player of the year and College Football All-America Team, plus voted the Rose Bowl's Most Valuable Player.
Winnipeg, Manitobaby Blue Bombers head coach Bud Grant, from 1957- 1967he led his team to six Grey Cupappearances, including four victories. In the 1961 Grey Cupgame he scored one of the most memorable touchdowns in professional football history, eluding numerous defenders on an eighteen yard run into the endzone during overtime to win the game. He was voted Grey Cup Most Valuable Playerthat year, was selected as a divisional All-Star three times, and also filled in at halfback and safety.
Kenny Ploen was inducted into the
Canadian Football Hall of Famein 1975, the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museumin 1987, the Rose Bowl Hall of Famein 1997, and the Iowa Sports Hall of Famein 2002. In 2005Ploen was named one of the Blue Bombers 20 All-Time Greats.
After Ploen retired from football, he and his wife made Winnipeg their home. He worked as a sales representative and as a
colour commentatorfor a local radio station.
In 2007, he was awarded the
Order of Manitoba. [http://lg.gov.mb.ca/activities/news/2007/ordermb07.html]
* [http://www.halloffame.mb.ca/honoured/1987/kPloen.htm Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame profile]
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