KEN STRONG

KEN STRONG

Class of 1967
Halfback >>> 6-0, 206
(New York University)
1929-1932 Staten Island Stapletons, 1933-1935, 1939, 1944-1947 New York Giants, 1936-1937 New York Yanks (AFL)

Elmer Kenneth Strong, Jr ... N.Y.U. All-American, 1928 ... Excelled in every phase of game - blocking, running, passing, punting, placekicking, defense ... Scored 17 points to pace Giants to 1934 title in famous "Sneakers" game ... All-NFL, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934 ... Scored 64 points to top NFL, 1933 ... Served as placekicking specialist only, 1944-1947 ... Led NFL in field goals, 1944 ... Scored 484 points in 12 NFL years ... Born April 21, 1906, in West Haven, Connecticut ... Died October 5, 1979, at age of 73.

Halfback Ken Strong's most publicized performance in 14 years of pro football came in the 1934 National Football League Championship Game. In that now historic game, Strong contributed 17 points on two touchdowns, two extra points and a field goal to lead his New York Giants to a 30-13 victory over the Chicago Bears. That was the game the Giants resorted to the use of sneakers on an ice-covered Polo Grounds field to upset the previously unbeaten Bears for the title.

For almost 30 years, his 17-point performance stood as an NFL title game record. Strong could do everything – run, block, pass, catch passes, punt, placekick, and play defense with the very best.

An All-America at New York University, it was widely assumed that Strong would begin his career with the Giants. Instead, he opted in 1929 to sign a contract to play for the NFL’s Staten Island Stapletons.

However, after the 1932 season, the Stapes folded and Strong signed with the Giants. In both 1933 and 1934, Ken was a major factor in the Giants’ march to the NFL championship game. In 1936, after a salary dispute with team management, Strong jumped to the New York Yanks of the rival American Football League (AFL).

The AFL folded after two seasons and the Giants welcomed Strong back. Following the 1939 season, Ken announced his retirement. Prior to the 1944 season, the Giants, hard-pressed by wartime manpower shortages, convinced the versatile Strong to return as a kicking specialist.

As a part of the agreement, the Giants understood that he would wear no shoulder pads when playing and that he would even be allowed to wear his wristwatch when he went on the field. Strong, during his 14 pro football seasons, was named All-NFL four times - 1930, 1931, 1933, and 1934. He also earned second-team honors in 1929.

Year
Team
G
FG
FGA
XK
XKA
Pts
1929 Staten Island
10
0
0
0
0
39
1930 Staten Island
12
0
0
0
0
53
1931 Staten Island
11
0
0
0
0
53
1932 Staten Island
11
0
3
3
5
15
1933 New York
14
5
0
13
13
64
1934 New York
13
4
0
8
0
56
1935 New York
11
4
0
11
0
29
1939 New York
9
4
8
7
7
19
1944 New York
10
6
12
23
24
41
1945 New York
9
6
13
23
23
41
1946 New York Giants
11
4
9
32
32
44
1947 New York Giants
10
2
5
24
25
30
Career Total
131
35
50
144
129
484
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 52-20-380, 6 TD, 5 Int; Rushing: 379-1228, 24 TD; Receiving: 22-254, 7 TD; Punt Returns: 2 TD; Interceptions: 1 TD; Punting: 9-455

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