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 Seahawks.com 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.”
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 Seahawks.com 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 CSNBayArea.com 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.