Mike Kenn

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Mike Kenn
No. 78
Personal information
Date of birth: (1956-02-09) February 9, 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth: Evanston, Illinois
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Debuted in 1978 for the Atlanta Falcons
Last played in 1994 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 251
Games started 251
Fumbles recovered 11
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Lee Kenn (born February 9, 1956) is a former American football player who was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1st round (13th overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft. A 6'7", 275-lb. offensive tackle from the University of Michigan, Kenn played his entire 17-year NFL career with the Falcons from 1978 to 1994. He is notable for having started every game in which he played (251). He holds the Falcons franchise record for games started and games played.

After his retirement from football, he served as Chairman of the Fulton County Commission.

In November 2014, Kenn was named a semifinalist for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

College career[edit]

Kenn attended the University of Michigan and was named All-Big 10 in 1976 and 1977. In 1978 he was drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Falcons [1]

Professional Career[edit]

Kenn was named All-Rookie in 1978 after he won the left tackle position for the Falcons. In 1979 he again started all 16 games and allowed omnly 4½ sacks and was penalzied only 4 times. [2] "He's quite close to becoming one of the elite tackles in the NFL" said his head coach Leeman Bennett. "If he can continue improvement of the first two years he could be the best in the NFL" [3]

In 1980, Kenn was voted consensus All-Pro and was not flagged for a penalty all season and allowed just 3½ sacks. "I've never seen any offensive tackle with his agility and quickness," said Bill Walsh [4] In 1981 Kenn was voted to his second Pro Bowl and was voted Second-team All-Pro and allowed 4 sacks and was penalized only four times while starting all 16 games for the fourth consecutive season. Additionally, Kenn played every down (1,144) of the 1981 season, and has started 67 consecutive games without a miss. Had remarkable penalty free streak of 26 consecutive games (New Orleans, 11/25/79 - St. Louis, 10/18/81) that included the entire 1980 season. Kenn was only flagged a total of seven times during the prior three seasons (3 in '79, 0 in '80, 4 in '81), and played every down of the season in three of the off the previous four years ('79, '80 and '81). In 1982 Kenn started all nine games (seven games cancelled due to NFL players strike) and allowed two sacks and was called for holding once. [5] Kenn was voted Second-team All-Pro and voted to his third consecutive Pro Bowl.

In 1984 Kenn started all 16 games and was voted Second-team All-NFL by UPI. Kenn's consecutive games started streak was broken in 1985 when he had a knee injury that caused him to miss the final 5 games. Kenn rebounded in 1986 to allow just 4½ sacks and was called for only two holding penalties. Head coach Dan Henning said, "He's got the physical gifts, he's bright, and now he has a great deal of experience, "That's the desirable combination." [6]

In 1988 Kenn was called for only one holding penalty and allowed 6½ sacks and was voted as a Pro Bowl Alternate."He is already one of the best offensive tackles of the last ten years, and could become one of the best of all time," said Henning[7]

In 1991 Kenn completely shutdown the League's top sacker and Defensive Player of the Year Pat Swilling of the Saints never registered a sack when facing Kenn. His pass blocking allowed the Falcons to set a team record by giving up only 31 sacks in 531 passing attempts. Kenn only gave up one. [8] For his efforts he was voted First-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. The following season Kenn was called for one penalty and allowed five sacks and was an alternate to the Pro Bowl. In 1993 and 1994 Kenn remained the Falcons starting left tackle and retired after the 1994 season.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ [2]
  2. ^ Atlanta Falcons 1980 Media Guide
  3. ^ Atlanta Falcons 1980 Media Guide
  4. ^ Atlanta Falcons 1981 Media Guide
  5. ^ Atlanta Falcons 1983 Media Guide
  6. ^ Atlanta Falcons 1987 Media Guide
  7. ^ Atlanta Falcons 1989 Media Guide
  8. ^ Atlanta Falcons 1989 Media Guide