Mike Kenn attended the University of Michigan and played as an offensive tackle for the Michigan Wolverines from 1975-1977. When he arrived at Michigan in 1974, he was six feet, six-and-a-half inches tall and weighed 195 pounds. He walked into the conference room where Bo and his coaches were and said he would play any position they needed him to. The offensive line coach ended up selecting him. In his first year, Kenn dislocated his elbow in training camp and almost flunked out of school. Bo called him in and said, “I guess you are not going to be playing for Michigan next year.” This didn’t stop Kenn, and instead, it further motivated him to work even harder and build the strength needed for the position. He came back from that summer 45 pounds heavier and started all 12 games of the season. At the end of the 1977 season, Kenn was selected as a first-team All Big Ten Conference tack.
In the 1978 NFL Draft, Mike Kenn was then selected in the first round (13th overall). He played his entire 17-year career as an offensive left tackle with the Atlanta Falcons. Kenn is the Atlanta Falcons’ all-time leader in games played and games started (251) and once posted a streak of 84 consecutive games played. Kenn was a 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive line anchor for some of the Falcons' most successful teams. In his first season, Kenn made the NFL all-rookie team and the Falcons made their first playoff appearance in history. The Falcons made the playoffs three more times before the end of Kenn’s career in 1994. Kenn was elected to the Pro Bowl 5 consecutive times from 1980 to 1984 and earned 5 first-team and second-team All-Pro honors from 1980 to 1983, and 1991. Kenn, known for his excellent technical skills, once had a penalty free streak of 26 consecutive games.
Kenn is a two-time Mackey Award NFC Offensive Lineman of the Year recipient, a Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award recipient, and a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Retired in 1994, Kenn is in the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor, the Polish American Sports Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame, and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.
After his football career, Mike Kenn started a charity to give back to the community that supported him for 17 years. He was then driven to become even more involved and wanted to be part of the decisions that were made within this community. Mike Kenn ran and was elected as Commission Chairman of Fulton County. In parallel, Kenn explored his entrepreneurial interests, opening numerous successful restaurants in the Atlanta area. Most recently, he is the CEO/Owner of a startup company focused on funding in healthcare and pension trusts. Mike resides in Atlanta with his wife of 39 years and their two beloved pups. He continues to be a major influence and mentor to his two daughters, who are now independently pursuing their own life achievements.