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Kennedy expects more than 350 supporters in Canton

Post by Eric Williams on July 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm with 13 Comments »
July 26, 2012 2:01 pm
Cortez Kennedy, defensive star of the Seahawks during the 1990s, is inducted into the Ring of Honor. The Seattle Seahawks defeated 21-10 the Arizona Cardinals on September 17, 2006 in Seattle. (Bruce Kellman/The News Tribune)

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.”

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  1. Class act. Truly “Mr. Seahawk”.

  2. Wish I could be there to root him on!

  3. Tez deserves this as much as anyone out there.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    I wish I could be there, too. When Largent was voted in, it was expected. He was known and respected nationally, regarding the press. He played on some very good teams. Kennedy’s career was far less acknowledged. Again, in the national press. For him to get his due, finally, means a lot to me. Selfish, I know. It’s a level of validation not just for him and his incredible play, but for us fans who suffered through so many losses for so many seasons, with him. Enjoy it Tez. You deserve it!

  5. bbnate420 says:

    I’ll always remember him as a great Seahawk. 1992 was the first year I really followed the Hawks and was his best year, voted Defensive Player of the Year. He is greatly deserving and overdue.

  6. bird_spit says:

    Duke, I spent a while trying to say the same thing as you.

    It’s really great for Tez, but also great for the fans that followed his career. I’m sure many people acrossed the us will say “Cortez,who?”. We all know who he was; a great player..

  7. Dukeshire says:

    bird – this may sound silly or dramatic, but the truth is I tear up now thinking about him in his gold blazer, delivering his acceptance speech. It makes me so happy and so sentimental all at once. Truth be told, I never thought he’d get it. God help me if Kenny Easley is ever inducted. Lol

  8. Easley won’t get in (I’d like to see him get there though). But if he made the HOF, I’d go to the induction ceremony. He’s probably the only NFL player I can say that about. For me, his induction would almost mean as much as the ‘Hawks making another Super Bowl (that’s quite a bit). Same with Dale Murphy making it to Cooperstown (won’t happen), but I’d make that trip, too.

  9. Tez is the definition of a class act, and no doubt he deserves this. He is a Seattle Sports legend, and fun to watch when the Hawks were laughable. Edgar, Hasslebeck, Payton, Tez, and Jr ‘s head should be carved in Mt. Raineer.

    Free agent WR Braylon Edwards is working out for the Seahawks on Thursday per Jason LaCanfora on twitter. I hope he comes to play, and can find a place in our bunch of wide recievers. PC/JS might be just kicking the tires, someone isn’t performing well enough or they’re trying to find a veteran replacement for BMW.

  10. This couldn’t happen to a nice guy than ‘Tez.

    Can it really be true that the HOF game is next week? I feel like we’ve been stuck frozen in an ice age or something, waiting for this season to start.

  11. I loved Tez and am very happy for him. A class act as many of you have said and very deserving of the HOF. Easley most likely will never get in, but being that he’s my all-time favorite player, I too would have to find a way to get there to see him in. I’d love to be there for Tez as well. We’ve all suffered as Hawks fans for a long, long time. It’s nice to get a little recognition for South Alaska.

  12. orbeavhawk says:

    THANKS BIG Man: TEZ for giving us your ALL – I remember watching in those days just to watch what YOU might do to disrupt the other team because our offense definitely was not something you could “hang your hat on”.

    TEZMania Forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHawks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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