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Ken McGhie

Inducted 1999

Elgin High School Class of 1960


A 1960 Elgin High graduate, McGhie was an all-around athlete. He captained the basketball team his senior season when the Maroons lost to Marshall in the super-sectional, and he was the leading hitter on the baseball team in 1959. Ken played on undefeated football teams his freshman, sophomore, and junior years, but did not play his senior year because of a broken leg. His junior season he averaged 10.3 yards per carry. He attended the University of Wisconsin for one season, then transferred to Milikin University in Decatur where he was a standout football player for 3 seasons. A running back, Ken was a special mention Little All-American selection his senior season. In 1976 he was inducted into the Milikin University Sports Hall of Fame. McGhie went on to play 3 years in the Continental Football League, a semi-pro football league considered a feeder league for the NFL and AFL in those days. He played for the Joliet Explorers for two seasons and then the Chicago Owls. The Explorers won the league title in 1965, and McGhie was an all-league choice that year, averaging 8 yards a carry. He was inducted into the American Football Association Minor Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.