"I often thought it would be nice, but I didn't know the criteria," McKenzie said. "It's an honor. I enjoyed playing the game of football. Number one, to be able to go to the University of Michigan, and number two, to be selected to the College Football Hall of Fame -- those are big deals."
"It's a worthy honor for Reggie because he was a great, great player," said Reggie's former coach at Michigan, Bo Schembechler. "He was one of the truly great guards who could pull and then run with any back we had.
"He came in as a unheralded player and then worked to become one of the great players on our team," added Schembechler. "But what makes me even more proud of Reggie is what he did after his football career was over and how he developed his foundation."
McKenzie, a Highland Park native, is the founder of the Reggie McKenzie Foundation, which annually helps more than 600 Detroit youth with athletics and academics.
University of Michigan
Offensive Guard, 1969-71
A legendary offensive lineman at the University of Michigan, Reggie McKenzie's legacy has been felt in the collegiate and professional ranks and continues in his devout commitment to the community and its children.
A consensus All-America in 1971, McKenzie played along side fellow College Football Hall of Fame member Dan Dierdorf for two seasons, highlighting one of the most formidable offensive lines in history, which helped break nearly all of the team's rushing records. Regarded as one of the nation's top pulling guards, McKenzie was twice named All-Big Ten Conference.
A member of two conference championship teams, McKenzie was drafted in the second round of the National Football League draft by the Buffalo Bills following graduation in 1972. He played a total of 12 seasons in the NFL, 11 of which were spent with the Bills.
McKenzie's largest impact may come from what he has done off the field dating back to 1970 when he served as the director of youth fitness for the Highland Park Recreation Department and worked for their Board of Education. In 1974, McKenzie founded "The Reggie McKenzie Foundation," which focuses its efforts on creating a positive atmosphere for youth and addresses their needs through sports, health awareness and academics.
2002 College Football Hall of Fame Class
|Terry Beasley||Auburn||Split End||1969-71|
|George "Sonny" Franck||Minnesota||Tailback||1938-40|
|Cosmo Iacavazzi||Princeton||Running Back||1962-64|
|John Jefferson||Arizona State||Wide Receiver||1974-77|
|Ronnie Lott||Southern California||Safety||1977-80|
|Reggie McKenzie||Michigan||Offensive Guard||1969-71|
|Randy Rhino||Georgia Tech||Defensive Back||1972-74|
|Jerry Sisemore||Texas||Offensive Tackle||1970-72|
|Gary Spani||Kansas State||Linebacker||1974-77|
|Reggie White||Tennessee||Defensive Tackle||1980-83|
|Kellen Winslow||Missouri||Tight End||1976-78|
|Earle Bruce||Five Schools*||154-90-2||1972-92|
* Tampa, Iowa State, Ohio State, Northern Iowa, Colorado State
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