Cortez Kennedy Inducted Into Seahawks Ring of Honor

Richard BowlerSenior Analyst ISeptember 22, 2006

IconCortez Kennedy, one of the few bright spots for the Seattle Seahawks in the 1990's, was recently inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor. This is another move by the club's current management to build rapport with central figures from the organization's past - like safety Kenny Easley, who was inducted last year after mending fences with the team. At his enshrinement ceremony, Kennedy also had the pleasure of raising the twelfth man flag before the game at Qwest Field, getting the fans whipped into a fervor.

Throughout Kennedy's career in Seattle, he was a dominant and disruptive force. The third overall pick in 1990 out of the University of Miami, Cortez developed into a great player on some very bad defenses, meaning that he spent most Sundays fending off double- and triple-teams. The star defensive tackle was a seven-time Pro Bowl participant, and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992. In that season, Kennedy achieved career highs in sacks (14), tackles (92) and forced fumbles (4). He was known for his toughness against both the run and the pass, but his biggest contribution to the Seahawks over the years was his ability to make the players around him better; Cortez required so much attention that the other members of the Seattle front seven were allowed to roam free.

Even though Kennedy was never a part of any great Seahawks squads, he's still widely remembered as a magnificent competitor and a fan favorite. By playing his heart out regardless of score or record, he more than earned this latest honor...and one can only hope that his legacy in Seattle will always reflect his great play and tireless effort, rather than the struggles of his teams.