With the 3rd overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected Cortez Kennedy, a DT out of Miami. Kennedy wasted no time cementing himself into Seahawks lore by making the Pro-Bowl in only his 2nd season while recordeding 6.5 sacks. In his third year, he lit the league on fire with 14 sacks from the DT position, and with his play on a 2-14 team he begun to get some nationwide recognition. He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award and the Seahawks fans finally had something to cheer about.
Kennedy never again recorded double-digit sacks totals, but was the best at his position for many years. He was an All-Pro Defensive Tackle three times, in 1992, 1993, and 1994. He was invited to the Pro-Bowl eight times, spanning the 1991-1998 seasons. Kennedy was often the bright spot on the Seahawks roster and was a fan favorite for his entire career here in Seattle. He retired in 2000, and received offers from several teams but declined because he wanted to retire a Seahawk.
'Tez is a part of the NFL All-Decade 1990's Team and has been a finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame in 2009 and 2011 and will undoubtedly be voted in very soon. He is generally believed to be one of the great defensive tackles of all time, and he sits in the Seahawks' Ring of Honor. He finished his career with 668 tackles, 58 sacks, and an impressive 3 interceptions at the defensive tackle position.
He'll also be announcing the Seahawks 2nd round pick at the NFL Draft on Friday!
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