Mike Kenn had quite the illustrious career as an Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle. He played 17 years from 1978-1994 and started every game in which he played – 251 at left tackle. He never missed a game in his entire career, all of which were with the Falcons.
Kenn was a five-time consecutive Pro Bowler from 1980-1984. He was especially renowned by Falcons fans for his limited amount of holding penalties given up in his career, which is quite the accomplishment given how many snaps he played in 17 seasons.
He is a legend and definitely deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame one day. Kenn was so dominating on the field. His work ethic on and off the field was unprecedented. He was a mentor to many of his fellow offensive lineman, both on the Falcons and throughout the league.
Kenn’s number and accomplishments on the field should speak for themselves. He had such an impact, both from a cohesive and chemistry standpoint on all of the offensive lines he played for throughout his career.
The impact that Kenn had both on and off the field, specifically with his teammates is underappreciated today as many younger fans aren’t overly familiar with him as he played many years ago.
Kenn played on in six games for the Falcons, in which the team went 2-4. His number was retired in 1994 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor.