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Ken Margerum
Date of birth: October 5, 1958 (1958-10-05) (age 51)
Place of birth: Fountain Valley, California
Career information
Position(s): Wide Receiver
Jersey №: 28, 89, 82, 84
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 3 / Pick 67
 As player:
Chicago Bears
San Francisco 49ers
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Kenneth Margerum (born October 5, 1958 in Fountain Valley, California) is a retired American football player. He currently serves as an assistant football coach at San Jose State University. Margerum has coached in several capacities at the college level, as head football coach at Menlo College (CA), wide receivers coach at Stanford University and University of Hawaii. He also served as offensive coordinator for the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe.


College career

A consensus All-America wide receiver at Stanford in 1979 and 1980, Margerum was known for his acrobatic catches and sure hands. At Stanford, Margerum was a favorite target of John Elway. He went on to a seven-year National Football League career. He held the Pac-10 record for career touchdowns with 32 until 2006 when Dwayne Jarrett broke it and held the Stanford record for receiving yards (2,430) until that mark was broken in 1999 by Troy Walters. As a coach at the University of Hawaii, he mentored such players as Ricky Daley, Jason Mane, Jason Vaughn and Gerald Lacey.

On April 30, 2009, The National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame announced that Margerum was one of 16 players and two coaches selected to the 2009 Class of the College Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place in New York City on December 8, 2009. Margerum is the 24th former Stanford player or coach to have been honored with admission to the Hall.

Pro career

Margerum was a third round draft choice of the Chicago Bears in the 1981 NFL Draft and earned first team All-Rookie honors that year. He was a member of the Bears victorious Super Bowl XX team. Margerum served primarily as a third-down receiver and special teams player for the Bears that year, after successfully recuperating from a torn ACL suffered the prior season. Sports Illustrated published a small article (with photo) on Margerum, detailing his use of unorthodox activities - wind surfing and mountain biking - as he rehabbed his knee. During his time with the Bears, critics of Margerum, including then Offensive Coordinator Greg Landry, suggested he often "left his feet" after catching the ball and had limited run-after-the catch ability after returning from his knee injury. Margerum was also closely associated with his friend and fellow Bears teammate Jim McMahon. After a regular season touchdown from McMahon to Margerum, the two players celebrated by oddly wiggling and shaking their arms at one another while butting heads. Margerum was also known to wear "floppy" black high top cleats as a means to deceive defensive backs into thinking he was slow. After five years with the Bears, Margerum finished up the 1986 and 1987 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He later went to camp with the Green Bay Packers, but did not play in any regular season games for the club.

High school career

Margerum went to Fountain Valley High School in Fountain Valley, California where one his schoolmates included Michelle Pfeiffer.

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