Seattle-area reporters had a chance to speak with former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy via conference call today.
Kennedy will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next week in Canton, Ohio.
Presenting Kennedy will be Dixie Fraley Keller, the widow of his former agent Robert Fraley, who was killed in a plane crash in 1999 along with professional golfer Payne Stewart.
“That’s how much Robert meant to me,” Kennedy said. “And I’ll be talking about Robert too – the type of guy he was, and how he helped me off of the football field.
“He just taught me about life. He taught me how to be a pro off of the football field, and to make sure I treat people the way I want to be treated.”
Kennedy said he’s expecting a big crowd of supporters – over 350 people – that will travel to Canton to see his acceptance speech.
Not the most talkative guy during his playing career, Kennedy was asked about how his speech preparation was going.
“When I talk from the heart I’m better at that,” Kennedy said. “And that’s what I’m going to try and do next Saturday, just speak from the heart, look at my notes and just roll with it.”
Kennedy said as far as the game right now, guys that he feels play in a similar manner that he did include Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh and New England’s Vince Worfolk.
But Kennedy pointed to Detroit’s Nick Fairley as a guy that has a similar build to the Seahawk Hall of Famer when he played.
“He seems like he has the same body type – a low center of gravity,” Kennedy said about Fairley. “I like him. I like the way he plays.”
Kennedy has this to say about playing his entire career in Seattle, which included playing on several underperforming teams
“I loved playing for the Seahawks,” Kennedy said. “I didn’t want to go anywhere else. After I got done playing I could have played for a couple other teams, but that Seahawks organization, every since I was there until today has just been outstanding.”