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“Tez”, as he is fondly remembered by fans in the Pacific Northwest, received his sports highest honor today after being voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame by the selection committee. This was Cortez Kennedy’s 4th consecutive year as a finalist for induction into the Hall and now joins former Seahawks great Steve Largent as the only two members of the Hall of Fame to be inducted as Seahawks. Kennedy was voted in alongside former NFL greats Chris Doleman, Willie Roaf, Curtis Martin, Dermontti Dawson, and senior selection Jack Butler.
Cortez Kennedy was drafted No. 3 overall in the 1990 draft out of the University of Miami. Two years later he was voted Defensive Player of the Year, registering career highs in sacks (14), tackles (92), and forced fumbles (4). Kennedy won the award despite his teams dismal 2-14 record that season. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time 1st team All-Pro. Kennedy was also a very durable player during his stellar career missing only 9 games in 11 NFL seasons, all with the Seattle Seahawks.
The dominant and disruptive Cortez Kennedy was the brightest of the few bright spots on some rather mediocre Seahawks teams in the 90’s. From 1990-99 the Seattle Seahawks had a lackluster 70-90 record and Cortez played for four different coaches starting with Chuck Knox. Tom Flores took over the reins in 1992 but was fired after three seasons and a 14-24 record. Dennis Erickson took over in 1995 and was replaced in 1999 by Mike Holmgren.
Cortez Kennedy didn’t see his first playoff game until the 1999 season, and was released by the Seahawks after the 2000 season. Kennedy retired two years later after sitting out the 2001 season. He finished his career with 58 sacks, good for 101st all-time, a very impressive number for a defensive lineman that often times found himself the victim of double teams on every play.
“Tez” is the most dominant defensive player is Seahawks history and today was confirmation of that fact. Congratulations, Cortez Kennedy.
It’s a great day to be a Seahawks fan.