In Their Prime: The Seahawks’ Cortez Kennedy and John Randle

Moments In Time: What could have been…

The Seattle Seahawks have seen some great players come to town and don the green and blue. Believe it or not, several hall of famers have played for the Seahawks at one point or another. They were usually at the end of their careers, though, and entered the hall in another team’s colors. Nonetheless, Seattle can say they were a one time home to many NFL greats.

What if the Seahawks had seen some of these guys in the prime of their careers, though?

Today I look at John Randle. Randle came to the Seahawks in 2001 and retired after the 2003 season. Before that, he was a dominant force in Minnesota from 1990-2000. While in Minnesota, Randle was voted to the Pro Bowl 6 times and was All-Pro six times.

Randle was going to retire after 2 years with the Seahawks, but Mike Holmgren talked him into staying one more season with the team. In his 3 year tenure in Seattle, the Seahawks made the playoffs twice, sending John Randle into the sunset a winner.

In 2010, Randle was voted into the NFL Hall of Fame, in his second year of eligibility.

Cortez Kennedy, Seattle Seahawks

The man, the myth, the legend: Cortez Kennedy

He shares that common bond with the man I am going to pair him with today in Seattle Seahawks legend Cortez Kennedy.

Tez was voted into the NFL Hall of Fame this year, in his 5th year of eligibility. He was also voted to the Pro Bowl 8 times and was a 3 time All-Pro. He was named Defensive Player of the Year in 1992.

Kennedy is known as one of the greatest DT’s in football history and still remains a fan favorite and all around legend in Seattle. The numbers he put up in his career were almost unheard of for his position and truly made him stand out in the league.

Even though they peaked years apart, how do Randle and Kennedy stack up if they had their best seasons in the same year?

Let’s compare the best statistical season of their respective careers.

John Randle – DT/DE – 1997 Season – Minnesota Vikings

47 Tackles, 11 Assists, 15.5 Sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles, 2 Fumble Recoveries

Why 1997?

I chose his 1997 season mainly for his 15.5 sacks, but his combined 58 tackles are also tied for second most in his career. This is the best, most well-rounded season he had in his playing career.

John Randle comparison to Cortez Kennedy

In addition to helmets, John Randle also ate 4.5 QB's in his career

Season Accolades

  • Pro Bowl Selection
  • All-Pro Selection

Cortez Kennedy – DT – 1992 Season – Seattle Seahawks

92 Tackles, 14 Sacks, 4 Forced Fumbles, 1 Fumble Recovery

Why 1992?

It was easily Tez’s best season. The only season in his career that he had double digit sacks and the only season he had with over 80 combined tackles in it.

Season Accolades

  • Pro Bowl Selection
  • First Team All-Pro Selection
  • Defensive Player of the Year

How nasty would these two have been together on the Seahawks in their prime?

You’re talking a combined 150 tackles, 29.5 sacks, and 6 forced fumbles! 2 Pro Bowlers AND All-Pro selections?

Then throw Defensive Player of the Year on top of it all. It couldn’t get much better than that.

We can only dream….


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