Houston keeps football, life in proper perspective

Originally Published: April 18, 2008
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

Ken Houston recalls signing a $13,000 contract with a $6,000 bonus as a rookie with the Houston Oilers in 1967.

The deal, which also included a gold Dodge Polara with a black vinyl top, seemed surreal to a man who had picked cotton in Texas alongside his sharecropping grandparents years earlier.

Houston, now 63 and enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said he deferred most of his football income and lived off the equivalent of a teacher's salary. The philosophy ...

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