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A Four-Pack of Trivia
A Four-Pack of Trivia
Today is another slow day for Patriot birthdays: we have four players that combined to play just twelve games played with the Pats.
Happy 80th birthday to Ken Herock
Born July 16, 1941 in Munhall, PA
Patriot TE, 1969; uniform #36
Claimed off waivers from Cincinnati on August 14, 1969
Ken Herock played in six games with no stats for the Patriots in his sixth and final year as a pro football player. He became a scout and director of player personnel for the Raiders in 1975 (when Oakland was winning super bowls), and then took the same position with Tampa Bay (miraculously turning the Bucs into a playoff team, despite their owner's infamous frugality).
Herock then moved on to Atlanta, where he drafted both Deion Sanders and Brett Favre, among others; he was also the one NFL scout who believed in Tim Tebow. In 2010 Herock caused a bit of an uproar when he was quoted as saying that he didn't feel there are any topics off limits in pre-draft interviews. That comment raised eyebrows since it was made after the backlash when it became public that Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland had asked Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute during one of those interviews. Herock still operates a company that prepares NFL prospects for that very same interview process.
Ken Herock | Pro Prep
The One NFL Scout Who Believed in Tim Tebow | The Post Game
As the Dez Bryant-Jeff Ireland controversy continues to draw conflicting opinions, a former NFL front office employee who now prepares players for pre-draft interviews has provided his two cents, via Tim Graham of ESPN.com. “I don’t feel there are any topics off-limits,” Ken Herock told Graham...
Ken Herock's business is preparing prospects for NFL interviews.He's not interested in 40-yard dash times or bench press repetitions. His mission is training college kids to make an impression when it's time to shake hands with general managers, scouts and head coaches before the draft.
Side note: while looking up information on Ken Herock I came across these two articles, which I found pretty interesting. If you enjoy or are interested in National Football League history then these may be of interest, both of which involved Herock.
The first is an absolute gem, that revolves around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the 1982 draft. The second article is a mind-boggling timeline of events and circumstances that led to the Patriots trading away their number one overall pick of the 1991 draft.
One ill-fated 1982 phone call jump-started the NFL's longest run of ineptitude. The bizarre and calamitous story of Booker Reese only got worse from there
No. 1 Pick Headed to Falcons : Ismail: Patriots trade top choice to Cowboys, who are expected to trade it again.
The Atlanta Falcons will get the right to pick Notre Dame star Raghib (Rocket) Ismail before the pro football draft begins Sunday, sources close to two NFL clubs said Friday.