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Morning links: A case for ‘Tez in Hall of Fame

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 1, 2011 at 8:59 am with 11 Comments »
February 1, 2011 1:12 pm

Clare Farnsworth of argues the case for former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy in pro football’s Hall of Fame.

Kennedy is one of 15 finalists and up for consideration for the third time, but once again he will have tough sledding, with shoe-ins Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders also in the running, and usually only five candidates picked for induction into the Hall.

But there’s little doubt that Kennedy belongs in the Hall as one of the best defensive tackles ever to play the game. Hall of Fame voters will make their choices on Saturday in Dallas a day before the Super Bowl.


“Nothing has changed from when I made Kennedy’s presentation in 2009. He still deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. The question remains: Is this the year it will happen?

“The point I focused on in my ’09 presentation was the fact that too few people saw just how good – no, dominating – Kennedy was because, well, he played his entire career in Seattle and also did it for some pretty bad teams. In his 11-year career, Kennedy appeared in only one playoff game, and that came in 1999 – his next-to-last season.

“I am totally biased when it comes to Kennedy’s rightful place in the history of the franchise and the game: Tez belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Just as he deserved to been inducted into the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor and should have his number retired – after he enters the Hall of Fame.”

Doug Farrar of details some potential needs that the Seahawks could fill from players who had a good week at the Senior Bowl.

Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes about the media circus that will take place during the Super Bowl media day today.

NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith and league commissioner Roger Goodell finally get down to formal negotiations with the goal of hammering out a deal before the CBA expires on March 3.

Former USC defensive tackle Everson Griffen, now with Minnesota, was arrested on Monday for allegedly assaulting a police officer, and was reportedly tased after trying to run away from the police near the USC campus. Griffen posted $50,000 bail this morning and is out of jail.

According to Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times, the push for the NFL return to Los Angeles took another step, with AEG, backers of a plan to build a football stadium in downtown Los Angeles are set to announce today that they have reached a naming-rights deal worth $700 million with Farmers Insurance, which would be the most valuable such agreement ever and a significant step toward bringing an NFL team to Los Angeles.

I’ve been told by reporters in Los Angeles that the goal is to have two NFL teams in the Los Angeles market.

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch offers up this interesting one-on-one with Mike Mayock of the NFL Network about his draft preparation. It’s definitely worth a read.

Cincinnati quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese, who coached Washington quarterback Jake Locker during the Senior Bowl, talks about him with KJR’s Mitch Levy in this audio link.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Really good piece on Mayock, thanks. I’ve always liked him. The guy clearly, really loves football and it comes through in his work. Unlike a guy like McShay who seems to simply be another talking head who only likes what football can do for him.

    (That picture of him is perfect, BTW. lol)

  2. Is Sam Farmer somehow related to Farmer’s Insurance Co?

  3. Mr Williams: I think you need to edit your voice recognition software to distinguish “place” from “play” better?

  4. No doubt about Tez being great on some bad teams.

  5. Tez likely won’t be voted to the top half of this class. As I see it he might fit here after these other but I’m bias and being honest.
    Deion Sanders
    Marshall Faulk
    Charles Haley
    Shannon Sharpe
    Cris Carter
    Jerome Bettis
    Richard Dent

    Shaun Alexander in the HOF? Dave “Mud Bone” Krieg deserves more consideration. He could still operate behind a porous oline. SA was shut down and claimed the oline need to perform their job before he could contribute. Let’s just let the debate rest two yards behind the LOS where SA often fell into the fetal position!

  6. Is someone saying that SA belongs in the HOF? I think I missed the link.

    With three more productive seasons, SA would have had a good chance. But despite his MVP award, he’s less likely than Roger Craig to be selected. And I’m an SA fan.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Deion Sander? The Shaun Alexander of defensive backs.

    I would love to see a video comparing Sanders pathetic tackling to the great Kenny Easleys. And if the folks who vote the players into the hall of fame saw that comparison they probably would consider pushing back Sanders a few more years and reconsider Easley!

    Tez deserves to be in the hall of fame. He was a dominating complete player. Unlike Sanders who avoided contact like the plague!

  8. Dukeshire says:

    There is no question Easley was a HOF player. The length of his career cripples his chances of ever getting in, sadly. But he was as good a safety (could play both free and strong) as anyone who has ever played the game. Period.

    That said, Sanders was the definition of a shut-down corner. He may not have been a willing tackler, but he’s as HOF worthy as they come, IMO.

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    That’s what I don’t get Dukeshire. Easley could have easily (no pun intended) played 10-12 years if he would have avoided the contact like Sanders did. It’s not his fault that he couldn’t play no more.

  10. Damn kidneys!

  11. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – Trust me, I get it. (Granted, they did play different positions.) This is very timely actually; I just watched today’s PTI and Michael Wilbon said, in comparing Polamalu vs. Matthews, if Polamalu never played another snap he’d be a first ballot HOFer. That’s the mentality of the major media. Troy is first ballot and Kenny never shows of on any ballots? It’s straight bullshit. TP has played 8 seasons, Kenny 7. KE wins every statistical category in one less season and 18 less games. The bias is sickening. East vs West. And the fact TP (by no fault of his own, necessarily) is a media darling. The fact Tez is in consideration is an achievement and this bias is why I want him in so badly.

    I can’t even go on about it any more, the hypocrisy in sports “journalism” is a joke… Players like Tez and Easley deserve their rightful spots with the best who have ever played.

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