Thursday is perhaps a somber one for the Seattle Seahawks as Aug. 23, 2018, would have been Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy’s 50th birthday.
The Seahawks legend passed away unexpectedly in May of 2017 due to complications from heart disease, pneumonia and diabetes.
It is inarguable that Kennedy was not just one of the greatest Seahawks of all time, but one of the best athletes in all of Seattle sports history. Kennedy was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the summer of 2012 and had his jersey retired by the Seahawks during a 24-23 upset victory over the New England Patriots.
Kennedy is only the second Seahawk to ever win Defensive Player of the Year, following fellow Hall of Fame defender Kenny Easley. During Kennedy’s 1992 campaign of terror, he logged 14 sacks and 92 tackles. Kennedy was the only bright spot on a 2-14 Seattle team that season.
Kennedy finished his career with 58 sacks, 568 solo tackles, 11 forced fumbles and three interceptions in his 11-years in the Pacific Northwest. He is joined by Kenny Easley, Walter Jones and Steve Largent as the only Seahawks to have their jersey retired as Hall of Fame Players.