Cortez Kennedy

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Cortez Kennedy
No. 96, 99
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:(1968-08-23)August 23, 1968
Osceola, Arkansas
Died:May 23, 2017(2017-05-23) (aged 48)
Orlando, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:306 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school:Wilson (AR) Rivercrest
College:Miami (FL)
NFL Draft:1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:668
Quarterback sacks:58.0
Interceptions:3
Player stats at NFL.com

Cortez Kennedy (August 23, 1968 – May 23, 2017) was an 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.[1] He redefined and expanded the possibilities of how a large-bodied interior lineman could be used.[2]

High school and college career[edit]

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 being awarded 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.

Professional career[edit]

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 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 three 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.[3] 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,[4] eventually being elected to the Hall as a member of the 2012 induction class.[1] He was the second Hall of Famer to earn his credentials primarily as a Seahawk.

After retiring, Kennedy worked as an advisor for the New Orleans Saints, whose general manager, Mickey Loomis, had previously worked for the Seahawks.[5][6] Kennedy later moved to Arkansas and Orlando, Florida, where he raised his daughter Courtney and focused on her education.[7]

In 2006, Kennedy was inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor. His jersey number, 96, was retired by the Seahawks during a game against the New England Patriots on October 14, 2012.[8]

In 2007, Kennedy was named the best athlete ever to wear the number 96 by SI.com.[9]

Statistics[edit]

Kennedy's NFL statistics are listed below:[10]

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD FF FR Yds
1990 SEA 16 2 48 48 0 1.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 1 0
1991 SEA 16 16 73 73 0 6.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 1 0
1992 SEA 16 16 92 92 0 14.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 4 1 19
1993 SEA 16 16 77 77 0 6.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 1 0
1994 SEA 16 16 70 54 16 4.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1995 SEA 16 16 53 40 13 6.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0
1996 SEA 16 16 67 48 19 8.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0
1997 SEA 8 8 18 10 8 2.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 SEA 15 15 42 29 13 2.0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 39
1999 SEA 16 16 74 61 13 6.5 2 12 2.0 7 0 0 2 0 0
2000 SEA 16 16 50 32 18 1.0 1 14 14.0 14 0 0 0 0 0
Career 167 153 668 568 100 58.0 3 26 8.7 14 0 0 11 6 58

Death[edit]

Kennedy died on May 23, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. He was 48 years old. According to police, Kennedy was alone when he died.[11] In the days leading up to his death, Kennedy had experienced symptoms of heart failure, including swollen legs and dizziness, which led to him being hospitalized.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Defensive disruption". NFL Internet Network. Profootballhof.com. 31 July 2012. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  2. ^ NFL (2017-05-23), Cortez Kennedy's Hall of Fame Career Remembered | NFL Films, retrieved 2017-05-23
  3. ^ "DT Kennedy announces retirement". Archived from the original on 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2006-12-13.
  4. ^ Hall Release – Modern era semi-finalists for Class of 2008
  5. ^ "Well-kept secret: Ex-Seattle defensive great a Who Dat", Foxsports.com (accessed September 2, 2010).
  6. ^ Dave Hyde, "Dolphins-Saints matchup; Ottis Anderson tells great Parcells story", South Florida Sun-Sentinel, October 24, 2009.
  7. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/04/28/sports/football/nfl-draft-class-1990.html?mcubz=0&_r=0
  8. ^ "Seahawks to retire Cortez Kennedy's jersey number Sunday". 12 October 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Cortez Kennedy named best athlete to wear number 96". SI.
  10. ^ "Cortez Kennedy Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  11. ^ espn.com news services (2017-05-23). "Seahawks icon and Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dead at 48". espn.com. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  12. ^ https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/police-report-shows-cortez-kennedy-had-been-hospitalized-for-swelling-in-legs-shortly-before-death/

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