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Ken Ploen bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Ken Ploen

Playing Career

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1957 - 1967

Awards and Honours

All-Western Quarterback
1957, 1965 (2)

All-Western Defensive Back
1959 (1)

All-Canadian Quarterback
1965 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1957 - 1959, 1961, 1962, 1965 (6)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1958, 1959, 1961, 1962 (4)

Career Highlights

  • Played a total of 146 games with Winnipeg.

Ken Ploen was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL), but decided to come to Canada and play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In 1957, Ploen played in both the Rose Bowl and the Grey Cup, winning both championships.

Ploen was an excellent Defensive Back as well as Quarterback. During his quarterbacking career, he completed 1,084 passes for 16,470 yards and 119 touchdowns. Ploen scored the winning touchdown in the 1961 Grey Cup and was the starting quarterback in the 1962 Grey Cup.

Ken Ploen was named the Winnipeg Blue Bomber outstanding offensive player of the half-century.

Ken Ploen is also a member of the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame.

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum?

"It was an honour and thrill to be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum. One could not achieve this if they didn't have a great team around them and great coaches, plus the thirteenth players, and the great Winnipeg fans. I played for eleven years for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and had a very successful career, playing in six Grey Cup, winning four of them. I have many fond memories of those eleven years and the friendships that I made. Then to top it off with being inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame and Museum made all the hard hits worthwhile."--Ken Ploen

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1975 as a player.

Class of 1975

Byron L. BaileyTom BrookLewis HaymanKen PloenDick ShattoHerb Trawick

Ploen, Ken
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