Kenneth Henderson Willard
(born July 14, 1943 in
Virginia) is a former American
football running back/fullback in the National Football League.
was drafted with the second pick of the 1965 NFL Draft, by the San Francisco 49ers ahead of future
NFL Hall of
Fame Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers.
He played nine seasons with
the San Francisco 49ers and one with the St. Louis Cardinals
opting to pass on his eleventh season after two consecutive years
of knee injuries in St. Louis. He attended the University of North Carolina where he also played baseball and is unofficially credited with the
longest home run in Tar Heel history at .
Willard was a
two-time first round pick in the Major League Baseball
—first as a 16 letter
winning high school
athlete by the
Boston Red Sox
, and then by the
while at a
student athlete at UNC. He was the first UNC athlete to be named to
the first-team Academic All-America
Willard was a four-time Pro Bowler
selected in 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969. His best year was 1968 when
he ran for and 7 touchdowns.
He was a member of the 49ers when the team won the NFC West
title in 1970
and with the Cardinals when they
won the division title in 1974
He is currently a keygrip on the American television show Steven
Segal: Lawman, starring Steven
In 1985, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of