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.