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Ken MacAfee

Tight End

Kenneth Adams MacAfee II

Inducted 1997

Date of Birth



Portland, OR


University of Notre Dame (1974-1977)


Ken MacAfee was a classic tight end for Notre Dame from 1974 through 1977. He stood 6-4 in height, weighed 248 pounds, and was a powerful blocker and a gifted pass receiver. He made first-team All-America three times: first-team, consensus and then unanimous. In 1977, he also was Academic All-America, won the Walter Camp player of the Year Award , and was third in voting for the Heisman Trophy. That year he caught 54 passes for 797 yards and six touchdowns. In his time Notre Dame had a 38-9 record and was national champion in 1977. MacAfee played with the San Francisco 49ers in 1978-79. He enrolled in dental school at the University of Pennsylvania and obtained his degree in 1983. He set up a practice in dentistry and oral surgery and taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Along with his dental work, he became active in United Way, Health Volunteers Overseas, Physicians Fighting Cancer, Homes for Homeless, AIDS Awareness Center, and Home for Wayward Children.


Height 6'4

Weight 240

Career Highlights

  • 1977 Academic All-America
  • 1977 Heisman - Third
  • 1977 Unanimous All-America
  • 1976 Consensus All-America
  • 1975 First Team All-America
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