As we continue our countdown to Penn State football, we honor another big ‘ole offensive lineman, this time with offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie.
McKenzie was a member of Penn State’s 1997 recruiting class after being a high school All-American for Willingboro High School in Willingboro, New Jersey. During his career with the Nittany Lions, McKenzie was a three-year starter (1998-2000) and was a three-time All-Big Ten Offensive lineman.
McKenzie following his career with the Nittany Lions, would go on to be drafted by the New York Jets in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He would carve out an 11-year career in the league with the Jets and the New York Giants, playing in 157 games over his career and starting in 149 of those games.
While he was never a Pro Bowl selection during his career, McKenzie was a consistent and quality offensive lineman for the Jets and Giants, helping pave the way for running backs like Curtis Martin and Tiki Barber.