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May 15, 1973: Allen Deals for All-Pro Safety

May 15, 1973: Allen Deals for All-Pro Safety

On May 15, 1973, Redskins coach George Allen traded five players to the Houston Oilers for Ken Houston, a five-time Pro Bowler and one of the NFL’s premier safeties. Allen made a slew of trades in his coaching career, but this was one of his beauties.  Houston made seven more Pro Bowls and was All-Pro or All-NFC every year from 1973 to 1979.  The ball hawk intercepted 49 passes in his 14-year career, returning an NFL-record nine for touchdowns, and frightened ball carriers with his signature flying forearm.  He was a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 1986 and one of three safeties named to the NFL’s prestigious 75th anniversary team in 1994.