Ken Herock has been in professional football for more than 38 years. He was respected throughout the National Football League for his expertise as a talent hunter and administrator. Ken has been a player, scout, coach, personnel director and general manager. He has also served on the College Relations Board for the National Football League.
A member of the Oakland Raiders 1967 Super Bowl team as a tight end from West Virginia University, Ken launched his front office career with the Oakland Raiders in 1970 as a combination personnel scout and special teams and tight end coach on the heels of a seven-season playing career with Oakland (1963 – 1967), the Cincinnati Bengals (1968) and the Boston Patriots (1969).
Ken was named the Raiders Director of Player Personnel in 1975. In 1976 he became the first Director of Player Personnel for the then fledgling Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Within three years, he helped build the Bucs into a playoff contender, one which advanced to the NFC Championship Game in 1979. Herock remained with Tampa Bay through the 1984 campaign. While at Tampa he was responsible for supervising the first scouting combine which eventually evolved into the Indianapolis National Invitation Camp.
Herock subsequently returned to the Raiders personnel department for a three year period (1984 – 1986). He was named Director of Player Personnel for Atlanta in 1987 and became the team’s Vice President of Player Personnel a year later, a position he held through the 1996 season. During his 10 years with the Falcons, Herock procured a number of key players for the franchise, including Jamal Anderson, Cornellus Bennett, Chris Doleman, Brett Favre, Chris Hinton, Lincoln Kennedy, Andre Rison, Chuck Smith, Deion Sanders and Bob Whitfield.
Ken returned to the Raiders for a third tenure in 1997, leaving the Oakland organization following the 1998 season. He then joined the Green Bay Packers and was named Vice President of Personnel where he remained until 2001.
As a collegian at West Virginia, Herock earned All-Conference honors as both a tight end and linebacker and since has been named to the West Virginia University’s Physical Education Hall of Fame. Ken has also been inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and Pennsylvania State Hall of Fame.
In 2002 Ken established Pro Prep, a service which prepares future professional prospects for the National Football League. Ken has worked with over 800 top prospects the last eleven seasons to enhance their position in the National Football League Draft.