Horace King (American football)

Horace Edward King (born March 5, 1953) is a former American football running back. He played college football at the University of Georgia from 1972 to 1974 and professional football in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions from 1975 to 1983.

Horace King
Born: (1953-03-05) March 5, 1953 (age 66)
Athens, Georgia
Career information
Position(s)Running back
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight208 lb (94 kg)
NFL draft1975 / Round: 6 / Pick: 141
Career history
As player
1975–1983Detroit Lions
Career stats
Rushing yards2,081
Yds. scrimmage3,660

A native of Athens, Georgia, he played high school football at Clarke Central High School in that city. He next played at the University of Georgia from 1972 to 1974, totaling 1,673 yards from scrimmage.[1] On October 12, 1974, he gained 134 yards and tied a Georgia record with four touchdowns against Ole Miss.[2]

King was selected by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 1975 NFL Draft and played nine years for the Lions from 1975 to 1983. He was the Lions' leading rusher in 1977 when he totaled 521 rushing yards. His best season was 1978 when he started 15 games at fullback and totaled 1,056 yards from scrimmage (660 rushing and 396 receiving) and scored six touchdowns. In his nine-year NFL career, King totaled 2,081 rushing yards and 3,660 yards from scrimmage.[3] He was cut by the Lions in late August 1984.[4]


  1. ^ "Horace King Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on March 10, 2016. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  2. ^ Johnathan McGinty (May 14, 2000). "Horace King". OnlineAthens.
  3. ^ "Horace King". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Horace King cut". Detroit Free Press. August 22, 1984. p. D1.