The wait has ended for Cortez Kennedy. The Seahawks’ eight-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle was elected today to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Kennedy’s selection was announced on the NFL Network after the 44-person selection committee voted him into the Class of 2012. He was a finalist for the fourth consecutive year, but now has taken his rightful place among the best to ever play in the NFL – including Steve Largent, the Seahawks’ all-time leading receiver who was voted into the Hall in 1995.
Others with ties to the Seahawks are members of the Hall of Fame – Warren Moon, the former University of Washington quarterback who played for the Seahawks from 1997-98 and entered the Hall in 2006; John Randle, a sack-producing defensive lineman who played his final three seasons with the Seahawks in 2001-03 and was added to the Hall in 2010; Jerry Rice, the NFL’s all-time leading receiver who played the 2004 season in Seattle and also became a member of the Hall in 2010; Mike McCormack, an offensive lineman for the Browns who also was a Seahawks executive from 1982-88 and joined the Hall in 1984; Franco Harris, the former Steelers running back who played in eight games for the Seahawks in 1984 and entered the Hall in 1990; and Carl Elller, a defensive lineman for the Vikings who was with the Seahawks in 1979 and entered the Hall in 2004.
But Kennedy and Largent were with the Seahawks for their entire careers – Kennedy from 1990-2000; Largent for 1976-89 – and became cornerstone players in the franchise’s history.
Kennedy, a first-round draft choice in 1990, was a member of the NFL’s Team of the Decade for the 1990s and is the most-decorated defensive player in franchise history.
Moon was a co-host for the NFL Network show that unveiled the selections, along with fellow Hall of Fame QB Dan Fouts.
“I played with Cortez Kennedy for a couple of years in Seattle, and the way he dominated the game at the nose tackle spot … having 14 sacks in a season from that position, also has three interceptions in his career, believe it or not,” Moon said. “The guy is just an all-around great football player. So he’s a guy I think is very deserving.”