Who Was American football cornerback, Ken Riley? |Ken Riley Biography and Wiki
Kenneth Jerome Riley (August 6, 1947 – June 7, 2020) was a professional American football cornerback who played his entire career for the Cincinnati Bengals, in the American Football League in 1969 and in the NFL from 1970 through 1983.
Riley recorded 65 interceptions in his career, which was the fourth-most in NFL history at the time of his retirement behind three members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame; Dick Lane, Emlen Tunnell and Paul Krause.
But despite his accomplishments, Riley was never an exceptionally popular or well-known player. In his 15 seasons, Riley was never once selected to play in the AFL All-Star Game or the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, and to this date has not been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Ken Riley Death Cause | Age At Death
Ken Riley died on Sunday, 7th, 2020 at the age of 72. His cause of death has not been disclosed yet. Riley retired in 1983, After his retirement, from the NFL as a player, Riley spent two years as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers.
Then in 1986, he was named head coach at his alma mater, where he coached for eight seasons, delivering 48 wins and two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships. He was also named MEAC Coach of Year twice. Riley was inducted into the Florida A&M Athletics Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Black College Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
Ken Riley Education
He grew up in Bartow, Florida, and attended Claude Woodruff his high school coach at Union Academy. Before his professional career, Riley played quarterback for Florida A&M University. In addition to being a skilled athlete, Riley also excelled academically. He earned his team’s scholastic award and a Rhodes Scholar Candidacy. In 1977, Riley was enshrined in Florida A&M’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Ken Riley Family
After doing our research, details about his parents are not known to the public and it is also not known if he has any siblings.
Ken Riley Wife | Married
Riley leads a very private life hence information about his dating life is under research. It is not known whether he is married, his wife, dating, or has any children. However, this information will be updated as soon as it is available.
Ken Riley Net Worth
His previous net worth records show that he had a net worth estimate of $5 to $ 20 Million. His exact net worth has not been revealed we will update this section once we get the real records of his wealth and properties.
Ken Riley NFL | Team
After graduating from college, Riley was selected by the Bengals in the 6th round of the 1969 Common Draft. When Riley reported to training camp, Cincinnati head coach Paul Brown decided to convert Riley to the cornerback position.
Brown’s decision turned out to be a very good one. Riley made an immediate impact for the Bengals as a defensive back, recording 4 interceptions and 66 return yards. He also recovered 2 fumbles, added another 334 yards on 14 kickoff returns, and even caught 2 passes for 15 yards on offense.
For the rest of his career, Riley established himself as one of the top defensive backs in Pro Football, recording 3 or more interceptions in all but 3 of his 15 seasons. His best season was in 1976 when he recorded 9 interceptions, 141 return yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 fumble recoveries. His 9 interceptions set a franchise record for most interceptions in one season and would remain the team record for 30 years until it was broken by Deltha O’Neal in 2005.
He also set a record that year by intercepting 3 passes in the final game of the season; a 42-3 win over New York Jets. Riley intercepted Richard Todd once and future Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath twice. It was Namath’s final game as a New York Jet.
Ken Riley After Retirement
After he retired from the NFL as a player, Riley spent two years as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers. Then in 1986, he was named head coach at his alma mater, where he coached for eight seasons, delivering 48 wins and two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships. He was also named MEAC Coach of Year twice.
He served as Athletic Director at Florida A&M between 1983 and 2004, and also created the Ken Riley Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides economic support to financially challenged students pursuing college or technical school.
The foundation holds an annual celebrity golf tournament that typically includes many former Bengals’ and Steelers’ players, as well as former players from many other NFL and NBA teams.
Ken Riley Twitter
Ken Riley has the fifth-most interceptions in NFL history & the most of any Bengal. LEGEND. ⤵
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) April 4, 2020