Cortez Kennedy, the Hall of Fame defensive tackle who played his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks, has died at the age of 48
Cortez Kennedy, the Hall of Fame defensive tackle who played his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks, has died at the age of 48. Orlando Police said they are investigating his death but it is not thought to be suspicious.
Kennedy was the third overall pick in the 1990 draft and more than fulfilled his potential on a Seattle team that was far from the power it is today. At 6ft 3in and just over 300lbs, he was part of an talented defensive line that also included Michael McCrary, Michael Sinclair and Sam Adams.
Kennedy was named NFL defensive player of the year in 1992, and made eight Pro Bowls. He retired in 2000 and was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Cortez will be remembered not only for all his great achievements on the football field but how he handled himself off the field, said Hall of Fame president David Baker on Wednesday. He epitomized the many great values this game teaches which serves as inspiration to millions of fans. Although he left this earth far too soon, the Hall of Fame pledges to keep his legacy alive forever in Canton.
Following his retirement Kennedy, known for his good humor and positive attitude, worked as an advisor for the New Orleans Saints, and also invested in small businesses.