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Mike Zele

Mike Zele once said his biggest thrill of his four years with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League was sacking the opposing quarterback to set up the winning field goal in a 1982 game against the New York Giants. It was a talent he honed in his four years at Kent State. Zele set career and a single season records for tackles behind the line of scrimmage for the Golden Flashes. He had 20 tackles for a loss in 1976 and 55 for his career. Both records still stand as does his career total of 227 yards in losses. The big defensive tackle lettered all four seasons at Kent, earning second-team All-Mid American Conference honors in 1976 and first team in '77 and '78. He was honorable mention All-America the last two years as well. Four times he was chosen as the MAC defensive player of the week. After his senior season, Zele was drafted in the fifth round by the Falcons. He played four years as a defensive tackle in Atlanta before a knee injury ended his pro career in 1984. He was inducted into the Kent State Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

Inducted 1992 | Football