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Morning links: Kennedy’s golden moment

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 5, 2012 at 8:16 am with 23 Comments »
August 5, 2012 8:16 am
Former NFL player Cortez Kennedy poses with a bust of himself during the induction ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday evening.

Kennedy was presented by Dixie Fraley Keller, the widow of his longtime agent and friend Robert Fraley, who died in a plane accident in 1999 along with professional golfer Payne Stewart.

The soft-spoken Kennedy’s aw-shucks speech coaxed more than a few chuckles from the crowd at Canton, as Clare Farnsworth of reports.

One of the stories Kennedy told was about his mother making him quit football his sophomore year of high school because of bad grades.

“My high school football team went to the state championship. My mom sent me a postcard saying, ‘Wishing you were here.’ … It said you wanted me there; you should have taken me there,” Kennedy said.

“But I understand. You care about me as a son more than a football player. I love you so much.”

Check out highlights from Kennedy’s speech here.

In my story today, Hawks tight end Zach Miller talks about making progress in his second season with Seattle.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times talks with head coach Pete Carroll about his philosophy in handling the three-way quarterback competition.

Tony Drovetto of talks with Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith about the quarterback competition in this practice report. Smith: “To have the three of them involved in this competition just heightens their neurons every day,” said Smith. “There’s a lot of electricity in the room and in meetings, on the field, and it’s just a little more than usual. They’re like that all the time, but it just adds something when you think you’re going to be the guy, or have a chance to be the guy.”

KJR’s Ian Furness and Doug Farrar talk with Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. about Bobby Wagner and other LB prospects in this audio link.

Paul Gutierrez of reports that former Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry underwent stem-cell therapy during the offseason in order to help his ailing knees recover faster. Curry is currently is on the PUP list to start training camp, but expects to be ready for the regular season.

Former Seahawks offensive lineman Robert Gallery surprisingly announces his retirement from football at 32 years old. Gallery’s body reportedly was breaking down in New England’s training camp.

Tragic news out of the Philadelphia Eagles’ camp, as head coach Andy Reid’s son Garrett was found dead this morning in his room at the team’s training camp headquarters at Leigh University.

Morning links
Leave a comment Comments → 23
  1. Skavage says:

    Peace and prayers to the Reid family. What a terrible thing.

    And tip of the hat (helmet?) to Robert Gallery. Hate to see someone have to leave the game after such a short career. Best of luck to you.

  2. bird_spit says:

    Aaron Curry a player-coach? I almost spit my breakfast on the table… Ha ha ha ha …youve got to be kidding.

  3. bird_spit says:

    If TNT needs help with changing the banner to Cortez, I volunteer.

  4. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    great and well deserved moment for cortez kennedy.

    no kiding bird spit, choked on my coffee.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    What a great picture of Tez.

    Eric – I may have asked this before so apologies, but looking ahead (perhaps into next year) would you see Wagner moving to Will in nickel? I’m sure now they want to keep things simple for him, but Hill’s aging, so there will be a need there soon. Or after watching him play a bit, is he going to be a 2 down Mike only (again, lookin ahead)? Thanks

  6. Dukeshire: I see Wagner more as a two-down (possibly three-down) Mike in the future. If he can stay healthy, I think Malcolm Smith is your WILL of the future. He’s looked really good so far in camp with the second unit.

  7. chuck_easton says:


    I’m on board with the TEZ TO THE BANNER movement.

    He should be there until our next HOFer, big Walter, replaces him in a few short years.

    We long suffering Seahawk fans need to cherish those extraordinary players and human beings that had the NFL ‘wasteland’ known as Seattle their Football home for life rather than dumping us for the bright lights and instant fame of the East.

    People like Largent, Zorn, TEZ, and Jones ( throw Easley in there as well ) are the players I want my son to look up to. Not someone who plays a few years in Seattle then leaves for the ‘big time’.

    Sorry for the soapbox

  8. Hawks85 says:

    Well said Skavage.

    If the season started today here’s what I think the roster would look like.

    QB: Jackson/Flynn/RW

    HB: Lynch, Turbin, Washington

    FB: Robinson

    WR: Rice, Tate, Baldwin, Edwards, Lockette, Obo

    TE: Miller, KWII, Morrah

    OL: Okung, McQuistan, Unger, Moffit, Giacomini,
    Omiyale, Sweezy, Jeanpierre, Johnson, Barron

    DE: Bryant, Clemons, BI, Jones, Allen,

    DT: Mebane, Branch, McDonald, Howard,

    OLB: Wright, Hill, McCoy, Morgan/Smith/Toomer/Knox

    MLB: Wagner, Ruud/Farwell

    CB: Browner, Sherman, Trufant, Lewis, Maxwell/Parker Lane/Lisowski

    S: ET, Chancellor, maragos, Guy

    ST: Ryan, Hauschka, Gresham,

  9. Hawks85 says:

    Forgot about Duece, so Rishaw or Sweezy might be fighting for one spot.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    That’s a great idea Chuck!!! Put Tez on the banner until our next HOFer.
    I’m on board with that!

  11. Soggybuc says:

    I counted 60 there Hawks85, but yea you seem to be on the right track, 8)

    Tez to the Banner!! Also Eric you need to pull out all your favors and see if you can get Tez to come on and chat with us for an hour. come on man, you can do it!

  12. Thanks Soggy, the / I put in between certain names was meant to show a few players competing for a spot. I think it works out to 26 offensive players, 24 defensive players, and 3 Special teams.( K, P, LS). Really this year Hawks have a lot of potentially good football players and very few open spots.

  13. Hammajamma says:


    Smith playing well seems a recurring theme this camp, albeit a quiet one. The common perception is that he’s a little undersized with excellent speed. What else can you tell us about him? Big hitter, good in coverage? Effective pass rusher?

  14. Tracy Porter is more important than Tez (please don’t take that seriously). I would have loved to have had Tez as the “face” of the Insider from a week or so ago until the end of the pre-season. Then maybe go to ET (since he had a more quiet off-season).

  15. Good to hear the news on Malcom Smith. I hope he’s our Will in the nickel.

  16. Soggybuc says:

    Are you smoking crack Bobby?, Never ever put a current player on the banner! the Insider curse is more potent than the Madden curse!
    Just for the mere mention of that you should be forced to wear a T-Jack jersey for the first 4 games! (cue Rodger Goddell nodding in agreement)!

    H85, I think the real battles come down to ST and practice squad. been a long time since the Hawk’s roster fight comes down to the back 8 or 6 for the squad when the last man cut is better than some teams second unit guys.

  17. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, thanks Eric. I really liked what I saw of him last preseason. He and Wright seed to play very well together.

  18. soggy – Put T-Jack on the cover! lol

  19. Soggybuc says:

    LOL, you ain’t weaseling out this that easily. in lieu of a 4 game sentence. i’m willing to arbitrate down to 3 hours of community service! as in you must don a T-Jack Vicking’s jersey and take the Wife shopping at the local mall!
    And not just shopping! Shoe shopping!

  20. You’re on a roll today!


    Hey, if T-Jack can help win me (all of us) a Super Bowl (only “help” b/c I think the team is stacked so good right now), you damn right I’ll buy his jersey and wear it around Minnesota quite often.

    Until then, no way in heckle and jeckle!

  21. Soggybuc says:

    No way dude! we win the big prize you will be required to wear a #15 and walk the state going, “Tarkenton who?, Tarkenton what? Moss? lol! Purple people losers! Hey, how’d that Herchel trade work out for ya?” etc, etc.

  22. HeinieHunter says:

    First Seahawks game coming up in less than a week. I can’t believe how wound up I am about a preseason game. I would love to see a QB separate himself from the others during the game but hopefully I will be a guy having a great game as opposed to two guys being lousy and one merely mediocre.
    Looking forward to our defense making life terrible for Matt & Jake…lol!

  23. I cannot believe that I will be watching a Seahawks game next week and that my two favorite players on the field, and the NFL, will NOT be wearing a Seahawks uniform. Very weird.

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