Ken played basketball at Marengo High School in Illinois; from there he received a scholarship to Paducah (KY) Community College where he played for two years before he accepted a full ride for basketball at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) and played the 1977 season there. He switched to a football scholarship in 1978 as a tight end (despite having played no high school football) when the coaches noticed his large frame and speed on the court. He was then granted an extra year of eligibility for switching sports, and played both basketball and football for the MSU Tigers in 1979.
Receiving interest from several NFL teams he chose to accept a free agent offer from the Philadelphia Eagles in 1980, and was able to make the team as a rookie free agent. He was active for two regular season games, and received an NFC Championship ring when the Eagles participated in Super Bowl XV against Jim Plunkett and the Oakland Raiders. After his release by the Birds in 1981, he was briefly a member of the Baltimore Colts in 1982 and played in the Hall of Fame game against Bud Grant and the Minnesota Vikings before signing with the NY Giants later that pre- season. He finished his professional football career with the two-time USFL Champion Philadelphia Stars led by Head Coach Jim Mora, and won two more rings as the team triumphed in the 1984 and 1985 seasons. Ken set a single game receiving record for the franchise in 1985 with 11 receptions for 109 yards against Reggie White and the Memphis Showboats.
Ken is currently the publisher of JerseyMan and PhillyMan Magazines and Executive Producer of Field Mouse, a feature film about his teammate with the Philadelphia Stars, Sam Mills. He is also the author of An Improbable Journey, creator of Forgotten Stars Productions, LLC, and is working on a documentary about the two time USFL Champions the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars titled Dynasty Denied.
Ken Dunek is a college football analyst for ESPN and has appeared on national TV shows like Real World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News, as well as local programming on Comcast SportsNet Sports Talk Live and CBS 3 Talk Philly.