The story behind the picture and words telling the story

CANTON, Ohio – The Cortez Kennedy memorabilia included in the displays at the Pro Football Hall of Fame to commemorate his induction this weekend included one picture and several words that seemed very familiar.

On one of the walls leading into the gift shop at the Hall is a photo taken by longtime team photographer Corky Trewin. Overlaid on the photo is a quote I got from cornerback and former teammate Shawn Springs while doing the story on Kennedy being voted to the Seahawks’ 35th Anniversary team.

“I tell people all the time that Cortez Kennedy was probably the best football player I ever played with and I’ve played with some great football players,” reads the Springs’ comment that is now included in the Hall of Fame. “But Tez was just incredible.”

In the newspaper biz, there’s an old saying about words and pictures telling the story. This picture and these words come with a story.

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