65 Days: A Look Back At All-American Reggie McKenzie

With 65 days until the 2016 Michigan Football season, we look back at All-American Reggie McKenzie. The Detroit native was an impressive guard at 6-foot-4, 255 pounds. Below are some of his highlights and achievements:


  • Enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1968 and played offensive guard for head coach Bo Schembechler’s from 1969 to 1971.
  • He was selected by the conference coaches as a first-team player on the 1970 All-Big Ten Conference football team.
  • McKenzie was a consensus first-team player on the 1971 College Football All-America Team.


  • McKenzie was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round (27th overall pick) of the 1972 NFL Draft.
  • He played 11 years for the Bills from 1972 to 1982.
  • He was selected as a first-team All-NFL player in 1973 (Associated Press and Pro Football Writers) and 1974 (Pro Football Writers).
  • He was the first 2,000-yard rusher during the 1973 NFL season.
  • McKenzie also played for the Seattle Seahawks (1983-1984).
  • In his 13-year NFL career, he appeared in 171 games, 169 as a starter.

Life After Football

  • He was also the founder of the Reggie McKenzie Foundation, an organization that helps Detroit youth with athletics and academics.
  • In 2002, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • He was also inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

Go Blue!

David Noe