CANTON, Ohio — Cortez Kennedy already was embracing his Hall of Fame experience. But Friday night, the Seahawks’ eight-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle was embraced — time and again — during the Gold Jacket Presentation for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012 at Canton Memorial Civic Center.
Before Kennedy got his jacket, he was introduced with the other members of this year’s Class — Dermontti Dawson, Willie Roaf, Curtis Martin, Chris Doleman and Jack Butler. That segment of the program was filled with the enshrinees hugging each other. Then came the presentation of the former inductees, and another round of hugs — with Kennedy getting two-armed bear hugs from Warren Moon and John Randle, who also played for the Seahawks during the end of their Hall of Fame careers.
The golden moment, however, came when Kennedy was presented with his gold Hall of Fame jacket by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, with an assist from Dixie Fraley Keller, the widow of Kennedy’s longtime friend and agent who was killed in plane crash. Fraley Keller will introduce Kennedy during the induction ceremony on Saturday night.
Also in attendance was Kennedy’s mother, Ruby; father, Joe; and daughter, Courtney.