Ken Meyer graduated from Denison as a model student-athlete. He finished his undergraduate career with a 3.6 GPA. He also lettered as a defensive back on the 1947 and 1948 undefeated Big Red football teams. Meyer still holds the school record for most interceptions in a season (9 in 1949). During his varsity career, Kenny helped the Big Red post an impressive 22-3 record.
After graduating from Denison, Meyer coached football at several different colleges. He coached at Denison from 1952-57 before serving as an assistant under Chuck Knox at Wake Forest from 1958-59. From 1960-62, Kenny coached at Florida State where he recruited and coached Steve Tensi and Fred Biletnikoff. Between 1963 and 1967, Meyer was an assistant at the University of Alabama, where he coached under the guidance of the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant. During those years he worked with Joe Namath and Ken Stabler, and also helped the Crimson Tide capture back-to-back National titles in 1964 and 1965.
In 1968, Kenny began his 21-year NFL coaching career as an assistant with the San Francisco 49ers. The following year he started a three-year stint with the Jets where he reunited and won a Super Bowl with Namath. He served as the offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams from 1973-76 and helped lead the Rams to three NFC Championship games. In 1977, Meyer returned to San Francisco to accept the head coaching position with the 49ers.
After a brief time with the 49ers, Kenny relocated to Chicago and served as the offensive coordinator for the Bears from 1978-80. Following a two-year stint as the O.C. at Tulane University, he returned to the NFL as an assistant with the Seattle Seahawks. Kenny held that position from 1983-1991, and helped guide the Seahawks to the 1983 AFC Championship game and the 1988 AFC West Division title.