C’mon NFL! Cortez Kennedy Deserves to be in the Hall of Fame

“Tez” Career Highlights (Video)

For the 3rd straight season Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy is among the finalists, 15 of them this year, to be enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame.

“Tez” Career Info
College: Miami (Fla.)
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Debuted in 1990 for the Seahawks
Last played in 2000 for the Seahawks

Now don’t get me wrong. Readers of this blog will know he didn’t make my All Time 10 favorite Seattle Seahawks list. But he’d be 10.b. I guarantee you that. He deserves to be in Canton. This is a no brainer folks!

He has come up short in the last 2 years, and was a semifinalist in 2008, and maybe the 3rd time is the charm for the Seattle great to be enshrined in Canton.

Here are 5 reasons why Reasons Cortez Kennedy, who is in the Seahawks Ring of Honor, deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

1. He made the All Decade Team

Kennedy was a mainstay at the Pro Bowl during the 1990’s and in that decade he was voted onto the NFL All Decade team.

2. Great stats

From 1990 to 2000 Kennedy recorded 58 sacks and he rarely missed time. In those 11 seasons he played in 16 games 9 times, 15 games, one time and the 1997 season was the only one in his career in which he missed serious time only playing in 8 games.

He was not only great at getting to the opposing QB’s he was an all-around playmaker. He had 6 seasons where he had over 50 tackles with 2 seasons over 70 and 1 over 90.

In 167 games he recorded 668 tackles, 58 sacks, and 3 interceptions.

3. 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year

Even though the Seahawks only went 2-14 in the 1992 season Kennedy had a great campaign being named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

Cortez Kennedy

Cortez Kennedy the 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press

In the 1992 season he recorded 14 sacks and 92 tackles.

4. Pro Bowl Mainstay and All Pro awards

In his career Kennedy was named to the All Pro team 4 times and voted into the Pro Bowl 8 times.

What is impressive about him being to the Pro Bowl 8 times is that is from 1991 to 1999 he was only left off the team 1 time and that was in 1997 when he only played the injury shortened season due to injury.

5. Seahawks Ring of Honor + The Best to Wear #96

In 2006, Kennedy was inducted into the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor.

And the real dealbreaker for me is the fact that Sports Illustrated gave Kennedy the honor of being the best player in sports history that has won the #96.

Come on!

That’s got to count for something.

The Bonus – Steve Largent is lonely

Largent is the only player that has donned a Seahawks’ uniform in the Hall of Fame.

Sure other Hall of Famers Franco Harris, Carl Eller, Warren Moon, John Randle, and Jerry Rice all played for the Seahawks. It’s just not the same. They all went in with different uniforms and all of them only played for Seattle for a short period of time at the end of their distinguished careers.

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