Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy found dead

Ross Houston
May 25, 2017

Paul Silvi and Chris Egan remembered Cortez Kennedy during a conversation on Facebook Live. He went on to play almost a dozen seasons in the NFL, and was inducted into the league's Hall of Fame in 2012, becoming the second Seahawks player to receive the honor.

Kennedy was born in Wilson, a small Arkansas town, where he stood out on the football field despite a lacking worth ethic. He graduated from Rivercrest High School before attending the Northwest Mississippi Community College. He was part of the NFL Team of the Decade of the 1990s. He proved his worth to the team straight away.

In what would become his final go-round as a member of the Seahawks in 2000-2001, Kennedy appeared in all 16 regular-season games while starting each of those matchups as well.


Kennedy wrapped his career with 668 tackles, 58 sacks and three interceptions.

Kennedy formally announced his retirement in 2002. He made a name for himself on the field as one of the best defensive tackles ever to step on the grid iron. Seattle retired his jersey in 2012, the same year he was inducted to the league's Hall of Fame.

For many seasons of his career, Mr. Kennedy was the reason the Seahawks were relevant. His marriage to Nicole Sanders ended in divorce in 1996. Cortez Kennedy's daughter is Courtney Kennedy who was reportedly very close to her father. Thanks for always sharing knowledge to a young buck like me.


"The full story lies in his loving, fun, positive and giving heart", said New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, who worked for the Seahawks during Kennedy's playing career.

"I consider myself a football player, not an athlete", Kennedy told Sports Illustrated."I know where I want to go; I just need a little guidance to get there".

- Jimmy Johnson (@JimmyJohnson) May 23, 2017Chris Cornell and Cortez Kennedy. He loved being a football player.


Other reports by iNewsToday

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER