Cortez Kennedy will be in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 5 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. But his former team will not.
The NFL announced today that the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals will play in the game that kicks off the league’s preseason schedule.
Kennedy, an eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end during his 11-season career with the Seahawks, was voted into the Hall of Fame this month as part of the Class of 2012. Kennedy also has ties to the Saints, having scouted for them and also worked with their defensive lineman after he left the Seahawks following the 2000 season.
Kennedy and the rest of the Class of 2012 – Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Curtis Martin and longtime Saints tackle Willie Roaf – will be formally enshrined into the Hall during ceremonies at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 4.
The Hall of Fame will follow on Sunday, and be televised by the NFL Network starting at 5 p.m. PT.
The Seahawks have played in the Hall of Fame game twice – beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-0 in 1984 and losing to the Minnesota Vikings 28-26 in 1997. The 1984 game coincided with then-Seahawks president and general manager Mike McCormack being inducted into the Hall. McCormack had been a six-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns during his playing career.