Seahawks will wear a “96” decal in 2017

The Saints are wearing a large “96” decal on the side of their helmet during offseason workouts, in honor of the late Cortez Kennedy. The Seahawks will do something more permanent, albeit less conspicuous.

The Seahawks have announced that Kennedy’s jersey number will be worn in a decal at the back of the players’ helmets throughout the 2017 season.

He meant a lot to this franchise,” linebacker Bobby Wagner said, via Seahawks.com. “Just being around him, he always tried to give young guys some knowledge that he had learned in the game, some wisdom. He went through a 2-14 season and was able to get Defensive Player of the Year; he was a great player, but more importantly, he was just an awesome person off the field. Great guy to be around, funny, and everybody that he met, he touched in some form or fashion. So we’re definitely going to miss him. . . . It’s an honor to wear his number on our helmets.”

Kennedy knew tributes well. During the season in which the Seahawks won only two games but Kennedy managed to win distinction as the best defensive player in the league, Kennedy wore No. 99 in honor of the late Jerome Brown. Kennedy and Brown played college football at the University of Miami; Brown left Miami before Kennedy arrived, but Brown was Kennedy’s “idol,” and the men were former roommates.

“I’ve seen him almost every game I’ve ever played, especially at home in New Orleans and at home here,” said tight end Jimmy Graham, who also played at Miami. “I was pretty close with him. It’s very sad. He was such a bubbly guy, so nice, and every time I saw him, we’d talk about the ‘U’, what they’re doing, how well they’re doing. When I first got out here to Seattle, he was one of the first guys to talk to me about this team, how it operated, how his time was here, how the city was. He always had an open door and open arms to me. It’ll be weird to not be around him and not hear that laugh again. Every one of my Seahawks games, I gave him a big hug before the game. He was always telling me, ‘Do it for the “U”.’ He had a lot of ‘U’ pride.

“If you want to talk about somebody who was every bit as great of a man off the field as he was a player on it, it was him. Everybody loved him. He just had a pure smile, it was just a pure joy to even share a little piece of him and what he brought to this city, to New Orleans and to the ‘U’.”

Kennedy died last month at 48. He made it to the Hall of Fame in 2012.

[Twitter.com/Seahawks]

21 responses to “Seahawks will wear a “96” decal in 2017

  1. He had to be double-teamed, even triple-teamed. We’ll never see a player the likes of Tez Rex again.

  2. The seacrap franchise is a joke. Cortez Kennedy is the best ever? You can’t hold a jock to the Niners tradition.. Keep hating you dumb fools.. how is that dynasty? Nobody has it better? LOSERS!

  3. I somehow missed the story of his passing, sorry to hear. Not a Hawks fan, but have to acknowledge greatness. He was a beast!

  4. gotta say that sticker would look pretty nice in a mirror. still a uniform violation tho. cant go placing decals in places after nike has allready manufactured the jerseys for the upcoming season.

  5. nfliferfan22 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 5:44 PM

    The seacrap franchise is a joke. Cortez Kennedy is the best ever? You can’t hold a jock to the Niners tradition.. Keep hating you dumb fools.. how is that dynasty? Nobody has it better? LOSERS!
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    Wow. I bet you are a real peach to hang out with!

    “Oh, your mom died!? She was a joke and has nothing on my mom and how much shes done for me! Basement and all!”

  6. nfliferfan22 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 5:44 PM

    The seacrap franchise is a joke. Cortez Kennedy is the best ever? You can’t hold a jock to the Niners tradition.. Keep hating you dumb fools.. how is that dynasty? Nobody has it better? LOSERS!

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    C’mon man. As a Niner Faithful I gotta say a line needs to be drawn with respect to dead. I despise the Seahacks and all they’re bandwagon fans as much as any gold blooded maniac but we got no room to talk right now.

    Let’s sort out our own mess before casting stones.

  7. Most people dont realize that the Seahawks were in the AFC West in the Cortez days, but me, as a faithful Broncos fan , remember quite well as he was an awesome player and gone way too young…Rip Mr. KENNEDY

  8. nfliferfan22 says:
    Jun 2, 2017 5:44 PM

    The seacrap franchise is a joke. Cortez Kennedy is the best ever? You can’t hold a jock to the Niners tradition.. Keep hating you dumb fools.. how is that dynasty? Nobody has it better? LOSERS!
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    Your flagrant display of disrespect in the wake of tragedy makes it pretty easy to hate you, so I guess you got your wish.

    You act like you have accomplished something by being a fan of your favorite team, but all you did was choose a team to follow. All the other fans around the league did the same thing, so that hardly makes you special.

    If your fandom defines who you are as a person to such a significant degree then it’s awfully ironic that you feel like you’re in a position to call anyone else a loser.

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