Former Oilers star receiver Ken Burrough dies at 73-95.5 WSB
HOUSTON — (AP) — Ken Burrough, the former Houston Oilers wide receiver who was the last NFL player to wear number 00, died Thursday. He was 73 years old.
Burrough’s family announced the death, saying he died at his home in Jacksonville, Florida.
Burrough was the 10th overall pick in 1970 by New Orleans, but only played one season for the Saints before being traded to the Oilers. He spent the next 11 seasons in Houston, where he was selected for the Pro Bowl in 1975 and 1977.
Burrough led the NFL in receiving yards in 1975 with a career-high 1,063. He had 6,906 receiving yards and 47 touchdowns with the Oilers, helping them lead during their Luv Ya Blue period where they reached the AFC Championship game twice. The Oilers are now the Tennessee Titans.
“Kenny provided the aerial threat and big plays for Bum Phillips’ Oilers teams, leading the league in winning one season and winning two Pro Bowls in his 11 seasons in Houston,” the Titans owner said. Amy Adams Strunk, in a team statement. . “At the time of his retirement, he was the franchise leader in career receiving yards and still ranks third currently. I will fondly remember his distinctive double-zero jersey that rolled down the field during another long hit.
Strunk added that Burrough attended the most recent Oilers alumni reunion and enjoyed seeing him reminisce with his teammates.
Burrough was the last NFL player to wear number 00 as the league restricted the use of numbers 0 and 00 in 1973, but allowed players who already had these numbers to keep them until retirement.
Burrough grew up in Jacksonville, playing at William M. Raines High School. He played football and ran track at Southern Texas, and was inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
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