The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its preliminary list for the Class of 2007, including 10 first-year eligible players, not one of them named Cortez Kennedy.
Kennedy, drafted out of the University of Miami with the third pick in 1990, made his first Pro Bowl in 1991, and was named Defensive NFL Player of the Year 1992, which was a tremendous honor given the fact that the Seahawks were 2-14 that year. Throughout his eleven year career with the Seahawks, he was named to the Pro Bowl 7 times, and is a member of the All Decade Team for the 1990s.
Probably the biggest strike against his Hall of Fame chances is the fact that over those eleven years, the Seahawks were not a very good football team.
Tez, as he's affectionately referred to by fans, was the only consistent bright spot on those teams, which struggled under Chuck Knox and Tom Flores, both who are represented on the 2007 HOF ballot, through Dennis Ericson and Mike Holmgren. In 1999, Cortez Kennedy helped the Seahawks win their first AFC West crown, albeit with a 9-7 record, in the first year with Coach Holmgren at the helm. The following year, the team slipped back to 6-10, and old #96 called it quits.
Kennedy probably could have played a few more years, but he decided to retire a Seahawk, rather than don the uniform of some other team. Just this year, the team honored his loyalty and his legacy by retiring his jersey and inducting them into the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor.
This may have to due for the big man with the big heart, as he sees his first year of eligibility go by without so much as a sniff from the Hall of Fame voters. Whatever they decide to do in Canton, the Seahawk faithful know that Cortez Kennedy is Hall of Fame worthy. For the bandwagon riders, or those too young to have seen him play, click the icon below and enjoy this video clip from our friends at SeahawkBlue.