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Kennedy’s Hall of Fame selection “greatest feeling in the world”

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During his playing career, Cortez Kennedy didn’t get to experience many great seasons. The Seahawks made him the third overall pick in the 1990 NFL draft, and the Seahawks stunk in the 1990s, and so he experienced a lot more losing than winning.

But while Kennedy only played in the postseason once and never experienced the ultimate team accomplishment, on Saturday evening he found out that he has been given the ultimate individual honor: He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

It was one of the greatest feelings in the world when my name got called out,” Kennedy told the Olympian.

Kennedy added, “But it was a long process” — this was Kennedy’s fourth year as a Hall of Fame finalist. With 17 finalists every year and a maximum of seven new Hall of Famers inducted, more men have their hearts broken on the Saturday before the Super Bowl than have the greatest feeling in the world.

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12 Responses to “Kennedy’s Hall of Fame selection “greatest feeling in the world””
  1. seahawkhuskyfan says: Feb 5, 2012 9:11 AM

    The first “beast mode” in Seattle!! Class Act

    Go Tez!!!

  2. bbrophy1 says: Feb 5, 2012 9:16 AM

    I met Cortez Kennedy in 2008 before a Saints game. CLASS ACT and nice guy. His career speaks for itself so this is well deserved

  3. trollhammer20 says: Feb 5, 2012 9:32 AM

    This man was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year….on a 2-14 team.

    Think about that. It was a historically bad year for Seattle’s offense, but he was able to make enough of an impression on the other side of the ball he was selected as DPOY. Now figure that he played in Seattle, where hardly anyone ever watched him play. That’s how good he was.

  4. charliereno says: Feb 5, 2012 9:35 AM

    Well deserved selection by such a great guy both on and off the field. I really miss watching him play. CONGRATS CORTEZ!

  5. hushbrother says: Feb 5, 2012 10:23 AM

    The NFL’s Hall of Fame selection process is screwier than baseball’s. How in the world is Cortez Kennedy a hall of Famer? First Andre Tippett, now this. Something tells me it all comes down to politics.

  6. snoqualmieterry says: Feb 5, 2012 10:55 AM

    First, congrats to Mr Kennedy. Second, Hushbrother must be a stoner to think Cortez shouldn’t be in the Hall

  7. jusjamn says: Feb 5, 2012 10:57 AM

    This was well deserved. If you think Tez doesn’t belong in the HOF then you never got a chance to watch him play or just don’t know football very well. Congrats to Tez! The HOF got it right.

  8. shanehawks says: Feb 5, 2012 11:00 AM

    hushbrother says:
    Feb 5, 2012 10:23 AM
    The NFL’s Hall of Fame selection
    process is screwier than baseball’s.
    How in the world is Cortez Kennedy a
    hall of Famer? First Andre Tippett, now
    this. Something tells me it all comes
    down to politics.

    Really Genious? politics? you do know you are talking about a Seattle Seahawk right? the least recognized team in the NFL? politics had nothing yo do with Cortez getting in the HOF. Lets go off of stats. 1992 NFL defensively player of the year on a 2-14 team. 58 career sacks for a DT. 8 pro bowls in a 10 year career. 3 time all pro. 11 forced fumbles, 6 recoveries, 568 tackles with 100 assisted tackles, 3 interceptions and 1 touchdown. those are hall of fame numbers! especially when you are the only premier player on your team not just your side of the ball

  9. blackfootkiller says: Feb 5, 2012 11:13 AM

    8× Pro Bowl selection (1991, 1992, 1993,1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999)
    NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
    1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    Tez was one of the greatest to play the game, and his induction is well deserved.
    Congrats Cortez!

  10. hawks76 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:56 AM

    To tez should not be in hof is ignorant he played on bad teams dut he was dominating.john randle isonly dt with more sack and no one has more tackles

  11. stampnhawk says: Feb 5, 2012 12:10 PM

    Congrats to Cortez,,,after struggling to stick on the “U” then having the guy that got him through that, Jerome Brown, killed the year he won DPOY, and his agent dying just before he played his only playoff game at the end of the career, well deserved to presevere.

    DPOY on the 2-16 team. Problem is, he played too good on one of those wins. 3 sacks vs. the Pats in 1992.

    Seattle wins that game and then “loses” the tie breaker with the similar 2-16 Pats for the #1 pick that year. If SEA lost, they’d have had Drew Bledsoe and NE would’ve picked Mirer. Seattle would’ve been a lot better a lot sooner, and without Bledsoe, Tom Brady never makes his way to NE is most likely never gets in the league, or has Superbowl rings, or married to a supermodel.

    So long story short, Cortez Kennedy should be thanked by Pats fans and Tom Brady, every single day.

  12. socalseahawker says: Feb 5, 2012 12:47 PM

    hushbrother is a perfect example of the one problem with this otherwise great website. Ignorant dumb a**es with nothing better to do than try and ruffle feathers. He’s probably the same person who gave the first few comments a thumbs down. Really?!! What, in ANY of those comments, deserves a thumbs down besides some A Hole trolling trying to cause problems.

    One of my favorite Hawks of all time. Well deserved Tez!!!!

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