Cortez Kennedy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
CANTON, Ohio — Cortez Kennedy grew into one of the game’s top defensive tackles during his 11 seasons with the Seahawks, able to stop the run or rush the quarterback.
His excellence got him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Kennedy was inducted Saturday night as part of a six-man group that included four linemen. Kennedy made eight Pro Bowls during his career.
Even though Seattle went 2-14 in 1992 and Kennedy got double-teamed, he was so good he was chosen the league’s best defensive player.
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Kennedy recalled, “That’s bad when you go to the game and the defensive coordinator says, ‘Guys, we’re not going to win the game. Let’s don’t embarrass ourselves.’
“You know we’re in for a long year then.”
Of players in the Hall of Fame, seven were Seahawks. Four of them played in at least 25 games for Seattle — receiver Steve Largent (200 games), Kennedy (167), defensive lineman John Randle (43) and quarterback Warren Moon (25).
Kennedy and Largent spent their entire pro careers with the Seahawks.
Linemen Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Willie Roaf; running back Curtis Martin; and cornerback Jack Butler joined Kennedy in the Hall’s Class of 2012.
Kennedy, 43, chose Dixie Fraley Keller, the widow of his longtime agent and friend Robert Fraley, to present him. Fraley died in a plane crash in 1999, along with pro golfer Payne Stewart.
Kennedy praised teammates and coaches. He mentioned Seahawks supporters — the 12th Man — on multiple occasions.
Near the end of his enshrinement speech, Kennedy said, “It is about all my teammates I cried with over the years, both in victory and defeat. It’s not about winning or losing. It’s so much bigger than that. It’s about the relationship and about sharing it, and working hard together.
“It’s about not taking the shortcut.”