The Seahawks announced today that Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy will have his No.96 jersey retired at halftime of Seattle’s game on Sunday against New England.
Kennedy also will receive his Hall of Fame ring during the ceremony, presented by Pro Football Hall of Fame president Steve Perry.
The Seattle City Council will proclaim Oct. 14 as “Cortez Kennedy Day.”
Kennedy was inducted into this year’s class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.
Taken with the third overall pick in the 1990 draft, Kennedy played 11 seasons. Kennedy is the second player – after Steve Largent – to be elected to the Hall of Fame after playing his entire career in Seattle.
He’s the seventh player who spent time with the Seahawks to make the Hall, including Carl Eller, Franco Harris, Warren Moon, Jerry Rice and John Randle. Former Seahawks front office executive Mike McCormack is in the Hall for his playing days in Cleveland.
Kennedy was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 – only the third player in the history of the award to come from a two-win team. Kennedy finished with 14 sacks from the defensive tackle position and 92 tackles that season. He earned eight Pro Bowl invitation, and three first-team All-Pro selections.
Kennedy, who already is a member of the Seahawks Ring of Honor, joins Steve Largent’s No. 80, Walter Jones’ No. 71 and Seattle fan’s No. 12 for the 12th Man as the only jerseys retired in franchise history.