Now the wait begins for Walter

CANTON, Ohio – Cortez Kennedy will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tomorrow. Who’s the next Seahawk to enter the Hall?

Kennedy, the Seahawks’ eight-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, was asked just that today during an interview session here. And he started to answer before the question had been completed: Walter Jones, the team’s nine-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle who becomes eligible for the Hall in 2014.

“Walter Jones,” Kennedy said. “Walter’s a beast. I’m going to mention him in my speech (tomorrow night) because he’s well-deserved.”

Jones is among Kennedy’s former teammates who are in town to share in his special moment, a group that also includes Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon and the other members of what became known as “The Rookie Club” – Robert Blackmon, Terry Wooden and Chris Warren, who also were selected in the 1990 NFL Draft along with Kennedy.

“I’m so thrilled for Walter in the next couple of years,” Kennedy said. “Because he deserves it.”

The Seahawks honored Jones by retiring his No. 71 in 2010. Kennedy will have his No. 96 retired this season.

“I thought he should have had his jersey retired after mine,” Kennedy cracked. “But that’s OK.”

Looking into the cameras trained on him, Kennedy added, “I’m in the Hall of Fame. Now you have to follow me, Walter.”


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