Mike Kolen, retired linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, passes away at age of 76

Linebacker Mike Kolen: A Legacy of Talent and Tenacity on and off the Field

Linebacker Mike Kolen, a standout player at Auburn University, passed away on April 3 at the age of 76. Kolen was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1970 and went on to become a key player for the team during their back-to-back Super Bowl championship wins.

During his time with the Dolphins, Kolen was a regular starter on defense and played a significant role in the team’s success. He was part of the Dolphins’ perfect 1972 season and helped secure their repeat Super Bowl victory in 1973. Kolen made memorable interceptions in key games, including against Terry Bradshaw and Johnny Unitas in AFC Championship games.

Kolen remained a fierce competitor on the field until his retirement in 1977. Despite a heartbreaking loss to the Raiders in the playoffs in 1974, he continued to be recognized for his contributions to football. In 2008, Auburn University honored his legacy by naming an award for the season’s top tackler after Kolen. He will always be remembered as a talented and tenacious player who made a lasting impact on the field.

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