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Hawks to retire Cortez Kennedy’s jersey

Post by Eric Williams on Oct. 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm with 52 Comments »
October 11, 2012 8:14 pm
Steam rises from Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy as he rests during a game with the Denver Broncos in 2000. On Saturday, Kennedy was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.(David Zalubowski/AP File Photo)

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.

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  1. FleaFlicker says:

    A fitting honor for a great player.

    Let’s hope our team can play up to that standard on Sunday.

  2. Its going to be great to be there.—Is it wrong I am bringing sample size bottles of mouth wash to make my vocal chords last the entire game….NO! GO HAWKS

  3. bbnate420 says:

    I wonder what Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson think about it?

  4. Way to go Matt! Hasselbeck that is.

  5. confucious says:

    no kidding! It was good to see Matt under center again.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Fitting indeed! Another long overdue honor for a great Seahawk and a classy man.

  7. Great to see Tez being honored. I’m not sure what took so long though?

    Nice to see Matt beat the SteAlers, too.

  8. Good job Matt,always good to see Pittsburgh go down

  9. Raise the 12th man flag and watch the Hawks kick the Pats butts… a fitting celebration for the champion Tez was.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Watching the Hass interview on NFL (with his son) is cool. Still love him.

  11. There is just something about a Matt. Wish we had one under center. I am really happy to see our old one get a much needed win over the Stealers. They did steal Superbowl XL.

  12. Still my favorite player in the NFL and there isn’t anyone even close! Guys like Sid Rice, Big Red, and Mebane are a lot further down the list, although they vie for second place!

  13. If Hass had stayed in Seattle as a backup/mentor, he would have had a shot at a Super Bowl ring. I wish he could have retired as a Seahawk.

    Just imagine if the Seahawks hold the Patriots to 10 points or less, then do the same against the Niners. That would really get everyone talking about them.

  14. chrisj122 says:

    Duke, watching that interview really made me envious of Tennessee fans.

    really miss having Matt on our team but it was good to see him lead his team to a win, especially against those punk a** stealers.

  15. FleaFlicker says:

    As much as I miss Hass, if he had stuck around last year, he would have been airlifted to Harborview. At least T-Jack was young enough to take the punishment that comes from playing behind a new blocking scheme.

    Happy for Hass that he is still enjoying some success in the twilight of his career. Too bad it couldn’t have ended here, but wasn’t meant to be.

  16. princeaden says:

    I saw Cortez his entire Seahawk career. As a matter of fact, I was his Garbageman when he arrived at his condo on Lk. Wash. Blvd. in Kirkland after he was drafted. I talked to him about the Seahawks on at least 1/2 dozen occasions over the next several years. So I followed him very closely. I remember watching a game in what I believe was 1992 in New England where he sent the NE Center doing a back flip into the backfield, and remember thinking this was routine for him. With that said, it is my opinion that Brandon Mebane is playing at a level not far below what Cortez did. I don’t know if Mebane will ever get to 14 sacks in a season, but the way he plays on the opponents side if the LOS and virtually lives in their backfield despite constant double teams, reminds me of Cortez every time I see him play.

  17. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Great for Tez! One of the best DTs I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing. Dude was like a supercharged version of 2008 Albert Haynesworth without the douchebag problems and laziness.

    Also man I wish we had Hasselbeck still, loved him so much, one of the greatest Hawks ever.

  18. ACIB – Is that you? You seem to be getting emotional? lol

  19. bird_spit says:

    Wish I could be there in person..will be there in spirit. Cortez was a bright spot on Sunday back in the day.

  20. Love Cortez.
    Don’t mean to take this thread off topic but sooo happy for Hasselhoff tonight. Guess I watched too much Baywatch yrs ago becuz thats what I call Matthew #8. So much fun to see him beat the Stealers tonight.

    I’m with you BobbyK, My fave Hawk.
    Talk about his diminishing talents all you want, I wish we had a QB that had his experience right now. Not taking a way from RW, I wish him all the best. Go #8 !!!!

  21. bbnate420 says:

    Wow. A positive post from ACIB! Keep it up.

    My first year watching the Hawks regularly was 92. Kennedy was a beast that year, not that I need to tell anyone here that. Was my first introduction to a great Seahawk. I agree Dukeshire, long overdue.

    P.S. Sorry for my joke/possible rant starter earlier in the thread. I just couldn’t help myself.

  22. bbnate420 says:

    This is off-topic, but I know some of you must be UW fans. Let’s get some of this action over on that blog. It’s PATHETIC! UW Football used to be the #1 sport in these parts, and now we can’t even get more than 3-4 people to comment.

  23. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I wonder how much inspiration Kennedy provides to our d-line. And Jacob Green too.
    To bad Green ( as well as ), Easley haven’t gotten much consideration for th HOF.

    Everyone here knows how much I like Hasselbeck so I won’t go into any more details or write any song parodies about him unless he takes the Titans to the playoffs. I’m sure bbnate420 is thankful for that. Lol.

    BTW- I was at the Huskies game about what seems like a couple hundred years ago when Warren Moon Made that great long run against USC for a touchdown and helped put that team on the map.
    I would love to get on a UW blog however my girlfriend would just kill me if I did right now. Besides I’m a bit of a pecker, ( can’t keep up with the speed bloggers ).

  24. bbnate420 says:

    Georgia, you a pecker? Never! Actually, I’m not sure what you meant there. I like your song parodies, Georgia. Also, I was a big fan of Hasselbeck. I just don’t get the point of debating what he would be doing here now. That ship has long since sailed. I think if we could’ve drafted a RW in 2010 and let him sit under Hass for 2011 and possibly 2012, that would’ve been great. It didn’t happen. Let’s just hope we have our QB by the start of 2013. I don’t care who it is. But I think RW has earned the right to have a few more games to show the improvements he can make.

  25. Anybody know status of Malcolm smith? Healthy?

  26. bbnate420 says:

    Georgia, you wouldn’t have to keep up at the Huskies blog. If you posted once every 2 days or so, you would be WAY ahead of the curve.

  27. bbnate420 says:

    Malcolm Smith isn’t listed in the injury report. I would think that means he is healthy, but I haven’t followed him super closely.

  28. GeorgiaHawk says:

    bbnate420- Don’t tempt me. Lol.

  29. bbnate420 says:

    JIRISH, Three men walk into a bar: a Frenchman, an Italian and an Irishman. Each orders one beer. Three flys fly into the bar and one fly lands in each man’s beer.

    The Italian man plucks the fly out of his beer, says “tutto e bene” (all is well)” and drinks the beer.
    The Frenchman shows his beer with the bug still inside it to the bartender and demands another beer.
    The Irishman yanks the bug out of the beer, grabs it by it’s wings, shakes it while yelling

    “Cough it up, you wee theivin’ bastard!”

  30. Ok thanks 420

  31. That’s a good one 420:-)

  32. bbnate420 says:

    Thanks, JIRISH.

    BTW, to anyone that wants to trip out, it was just a joke. I am 1/12th Irish. Not meant to be offensive, just meant to give a laugh. If you thought it sucked, that’s fine.

  33. 420– that’s a classic- older than my grandpas buckskin rubber but a definate classic. Classics ate always a go! Here’s something way off topic but just curious about peoples opinion on this? Stanford vs ND this weekend. I personsly think Irish get exposed by PAC 12 and Stanford kicks there ass! Even though my hearts in southbend.I also think dawgs upset USC no joke!

  34. Dukeshire says:

    Arizona taking down Stanford on the Farm last weekend has me off Stanford, even with them getting 7.

  35. Do u think ND is that good Dukeshire?

  36. bbnate420 says:

    I’ll take Stanford, straight up. Not a sports gambler. I think they squeak it out.m

  37. bbnate420 says:

    A kid comes home from school with a writing assignment. He asks his father for help. “Dad, can you tell me the difference between potential and reality?”
    His father looks up, thoughtfully, and then says, “I’ll demonstrate. Go ask your mother if she would sleep with Robert Redford for a million pounds. Then go ask your sister if she would sleep with Brad Pitt for a million pounds. Then come back and tell me what you’ve learned.”
    The kid is puzzled, but decides to ask his mother. “Mum, if someone gave you a million pounds, would you sleep with Robert Redford?”
    “Don’t tell your father, but yes, I would,” she replies.
    He then goes to his sister’s room. “Sis, if someone gave you a million pounds, would you sleep with Brad Pitt?”
    She replies, “Omigod! Definitely!”
    The kid goes back to his father. “Dad, I think I’ve figured it out. Potentially, we are sitting on two million quid, but in reality, we are living with two sluts.”

  38. madpunter88 says:

    Wait, Bobbyk, Sidney Rice is your second favorite Seahawk ever behind Cortez? Not Dave Krieg, Steve Largent, Kenny Easley, Matt Hasselbeck, Walter Jones? I like that. Very different.

  39. bbnate420 says:

    Big Walt’s gotta be #1. Most dominant Hawk ever!

  40. bbnate420 says:

    Could’ve been Easley, if the Hawk doctors hadn’t destroyed his liver with too much Acetaminophen.

  41. Interesting 420 – I always thought it was ibuprofen? They used to give them out like tic tacs back then. It was the new wonder drug. Ken Easley was a bad ass!

  42. Dukeshire says:

    It was ibuprofen (Advil to be specific). And as much as I love Tez, I would give the “domination” edge to Easley. He was the most devistating defensive player I have ever seen in person, and I’m thankful to have had seen him play several times.

  43. I agree totally dukeshire he was a mentor to me in a since.Easley was also a great family man as well! I personally think he should be hall of famer but iget the 7 yr league argument! He really was incredible player I used to watch alot of film on him when I was a young buck

  44. Today. Not ever. Matt is my favorite today. Easley all-time.

  45. HeinieHunter says:

    Largent & Easley for me. Jack Patera was quoted after Easley came to camp…”It was like watching a man play with boys”. The legend was that Easley would play a round of golf early in the morning before “two a days” in training camp.

  46. bbnate420 says:

    My bad. I was going off memory, even thought I was only 7 when Easley was traded to the Tards, and I didn’t follow the Hawks until 1992. It was Ibuprofen (Advil) that he sued over being over-prescribed. The Ibuprofen destroyed his Kidneys. If he had overdosed on Acetaminophen, his liver would’ve bourne the brunt of the damage. The only practical difference is that you have 2 kidneys and can life with one, while you only have one liver and cannot live without it.

  47. bbnate420 says:

    BTW, Advil is just a brand name. Ibuprofen is the active ingredient. It could have been Addaprin, Cap-Profen, Genpril, Haltran, etc.. There are numerous pills that contain Ibuprofen. Regardless, I was wrong. Mea culpa!!!!!!!!!!

  48. bbnate420 says:

    When I said Walt was most dominant, I meant of the players that I had seen play in real time. I never saw Easley play, except for highlights. His stats and highlights are unreal. I already posted stats that would make him a Hall of Famer for sure, before. That’s just including the stats, which obviously don’t make the player. Easley was dominant for more than half a decade. If he had stayed healthy longer, I think he definitely would be talked about in the same sentence as Ronnie Lott.

  49. Dukeshire says:

    bbnate – It was Advil specifically, that’s why I noted it. Regardless, no need to defend yourself. Tez was incredible, and on simply awful teams. I welled up watchinng his induction speech. For him to get in, as I’ve said before, is a validation for all Seahawk fans. We were lucky to have him here. It awesome you saw him play.

  50. What a class act. Thank you Cortez for being an outstanding player and person. You will always be a Seahawk legend!

  51. Congrats to Tez! Great person, great Seahawk.

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