|No. 96, 99|
|Date of birth:||August 23, 1968|
|Place of birth:||Osceola, Arkansas|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||306 lb (139 kg)|
|High school:||Wilson (AR) Rivercrest|
|NFL Draft:||1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Cortez Kennedy (born August 23, 1968) is a former American football defensive tackle who played his entire eleven-season career with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
High school and college career
Kennedy was born in Osceola, Arkansas, but grew up in Wilson, Arkansas. He graduated from Rivercrest High School in Wilson, Arkansas, and attended Northwest Mississippi Community College before winning a football scholarship to the University of Miami, where he was named an All-American in 1989.
Kennedy was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
He has a jersey in the Rivercrest High School lobby.
He was the third overall selection in the 1990 draft by the Seahawks, and was unsigned until two days before the beginning of the season. Kennedy was named to the Pro Bowl in 1991. In 1992, having recorded 14 quarterback sacks, he received the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press despite the Seahawks miserable 2-14 record. He switched his jersey number to 99 that season in honor of close friend Jerome Brown, and was named First- or Second-team All-Pro five times.
Kennedy retired after the 2000 season. In 167 games with Seattle, he recorded 668 tackles, 58 sacks, and 3 interceptions. He announced his retirement in August 2002 after sitting out the 2001 season. He was given several offers by other teams, but wanted to finish his career in Seattle. He is generally considered one of the best defensive tackles to ever play the position in the NFL. He was a Semi-Finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008, as well as a finalist in 2009 and 2011, eventually being elected to the Hall as a member of the 2012 induction class.
In 2006, Kennedy was inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor.
In 2007, Kennedy was named the best athlete ever to wear the number 96 by SI.com.
In 2012, Kennedy was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the second Hall of Famer to earn his credentials primarily as a Seahawk. His jersey number, 96, was also retired by the Seattle Seahawks during a game against the New England Patriots on October 14, 2012.
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- Hall Release – Modern era semi-finalists for Class of 2008
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- Dave Hyde, "Dolphins-Saints matchup; Ottis Anderson tells great Parcells story", South Florida Sun-Sentinel, October 24, 2009.
- "Cortez Kennedy named best athlete to wear number 96". CNN.
- "Cortez Kennedy Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 14 April 2014.