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Kennedy finally takes rightful place in Hall

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm with 13 Comments »
February 4, 2012 3:36 pm
Former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy. (Bruce Kellman/TNT file photo)

Good things come to those who wait, and that was the case for former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, who finally was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this afternoon after four straight years as a finalist.

The 44-person selection committee inducted five modern-day new members into the Hall. Along with Kennedy, others include running back Curtis Martin, offensive lineman Dermontti Dawson, defensive end Chris Doleman and offensive tackle Willie Roaf

Players who finished in the top 10 but did not make the final cut include: receivers Cris Carter and Andre Reed, coach Bill Parcells, defensive end Charles Haley and cornerback Aeneas Williams.

Candidates who did not make the final 10 include wide receiver Tim Brown, running back Jerome Bettis, offensive lineman Will Shields, linebacker Kevin Greene and former San Francisco owner Eddie DeBartolo.

Senior committee nominee cornerback Jack Butler was inducted into the Hall of Fame, but the other senior nominee offensive lineman Dick Stanfel was not.

During his 11 seasons in Seattle, Kennedy was selected to a team-record eight Pro Bowls, was named the defensive player of the year in 1992 as part of a 2-14 record for Seattle, and led the team in sacks in 1992 and 1995.

Kennedy finished his career with 58 sacks, completed seven seasons without missing a game and played in at least 15 games 10 times.

Kennedy became the 14th defensive tackle to make it into the Hall of Fame. Kennedy was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor in 2006.

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Leave a comment Comments → 13
  1. Cornutt says:

    About time!

  2. derekyoung says:

    Long overdue.

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Yes!!! Great player! Great memories!

  4. Congrats to my all-time favorite Seahawk! Next up, Walter Jones.

  5. SandpointHawk says:

    Tez….Congratulations…long overdue….

  6. kennyvia says:

    An absolute force to be reckoned with on the field and a gentle giant off of it. Guess it’s time to make the trek to Canton. Who’s playing in the Hall of Fame game this year? Hope there’s plenty of representation from the 12th Man in the crowd, yo.

  7. trashpile says:

    I hope Tez eats a hotdog during his induction speech.

  8. TEZ!

    Finally, a good reason to crack a cold one and make a toast during the next HOF ceremony!

  9. Southendzone says:

    Tez… true Seahawk. Awesome ring of honor member. My 1st Hawk jersey ever(not counting an old Largent T-shirt). I still wear it occasionally with it’s faded out #96 white on blue.

    Well deserved HOF induction. You’re a huge part of the franchise and we all respect you.

  10. I still don’t see how Curtis Martin got into the Hall ahead of Charles Haley and Cris Carter. But, whatever. As long as Tez got in I’m happy.

  11. bayareahawkfan says:

    Just so long as DeBartolo, Jr. Didn’t even make the too 10, that feels good.

    Congrats, Tez.

    I used to work in Bellevue 15 or so years ago, and Cortez would come in all the time to rent movies (worked at Blockbuster). Sweetest most unprepossessing man you’d ever meet, and I mean for a regular guy. A lot of pro athletes – even Big Show, who used to come in from time to time – were stand-off-ish or curt, but not ‘Tez. He was recognized occasionally – though not as often as you’d think – and he was always cordial and patient.

    I’d have to say the second most down to earth folks were the Tuiasasopo clan…but they were a distant second.

    Great day for Seahawk fans.

  12. Way to go TEZ!!!
    Great day for you, way too long of a wait but glad it happened

  13. jonathan says:

    A fine man and a great player.

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