Hall of Famer Crots dies

Ken Crots kicking

Ken Crots, who kicked his way from Whiteford into the University of Toledo athletic hall of fame, died Saturday.

Crots was a 1966 Whiteford graduate whose children and grandchildren excelled in the TCC at Summerfield.

Crots made his mark on the Whiteford football program, but his legacy at the University of Toledo.

He was an outstanding kicker and all-conference receiver for coach Ed Osnowitz’s Bobcats in the mid-1960s.

In his high school career, he converted on 62 of 91 extra point attempts and four field goals, caught 38 passes for 526 yards and scored five touchdowns. He was a member of the Bobcats teams that undefeated in both 1964 and 1965 during a record 23-game win streak, winning a pair of River Raisin Conference titles. His extra points helped extend the streak on several occasions.

He was inducted into the Whiteford Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.

At the University of Toledo, Crots was even better and the results very similar.

The Rockets won the Mid-American Conference in 1967, going 9-1 overall. The Rockets repeated the feat in 1969, going 11-0, winning the MAC and winning the Tangerine Bowl matchup against Davidson. That 11-0 season marked the beginning of a famed 35-game win streak for Toledo.

Here are some of Crots’ highlights as a Toledo Rocket:

– Career field goals made – 5

– Career extra points – 105

– Career extra point attempts – 109

– Most extra points made in a season – 49

– Consecutive extra points made – 77, setting an NCAA record that stood until 1975

– Scored 165 career kicking points, third on the all-time NCAA list when he graduated

– Kicked a 37-yard field goal into a stiff wind to give the Rockets a come-from-behind, 27-26 victory over Bowling Green State University.

– Kicked eight extra points in the Rockets 56-33 Tangerine Bowl victory

– Helped the Rockets to the first-ever undefeated season in MAC history and a final Associated Press ranking of No. 20 in 1969

– Became the first Rocket to appear in the Hula Bowl in Hawaii, 1969

– First team All-Mid American Conference choice, 1968, 1969

– Jim Nicholson Award winner, 1969, as team’s Most Valuable Player

– Won letters, 1967-1968-1969

– Voted in the University of Toledo Varsity T Hall of Fame, 1992

– Earned a tryout with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970 training camp

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