Cortez Kennedy is once again a finalist for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mike Sando has a look at why he thinks Kennedy merits the honor. Check it out, it's great work from one of the best.
I wrote a bit about Kennedy in my book, but for most of his career and the greatest stretch of his career, I was just too young and too ill informed to know how great Kennedy was. Fans do not always make the greatest scouts, but they do make the greatest historians. A history is always part fact, part account and part legend. If I had it to do over, I would throw that chapter out to you, the 12 that honor me by reading this site. What did Tez mean to you? Who was he? What made him amazing?
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is a hall of history, and what is keeping Kennedy out is his anonymity. His greatest season, one of the truly greatest seasons by a defensive tackle in NFL history, was in 1992. That was a miserable Seahawks team. One that finished 2-14. One that fielded one of the worst offenses in league history. And that soaring accomplishment, accomplished on a pitiful team, is an encapsulation of Kennedy's entire career: He was great but no one saw his greatness. Few fans outside of Seattle understand how incredible Tez truly was. Shoot, I don't even really know how great Kennedy was. Among Seahawks fans, I am sure I am far from alone.
Tell me. What do you remember most? A play, a game, a series, a season? Let's give Tez the history he deserves, put him back in the conversation, and show some love for one of the greatest Seahawks to ever live. We can not enshrine Kennedy in Canton, but we can help show those that can that he belongs.