Cortez Kennedy
Personal Information
Defensive tackle
Jersey #(s)
#96, #99
Born: (1968-08-23)August 23, 1968
Osceola, Arkansas
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Died: May 23, 2017(2017-05-23) (aged 48)
Career information
Year(s) 19902000
NFL Draft 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
NFL Supplemental Draft / Pick:
High School Rivercrest H.S., Wilson, Arkansas
College Miami (Fla.)
Professional teams
Career stats
Tackles 668
Sacks 58.0
Interceptions 3
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Career highlights and awards

Cortez Kennedy (August 23, 1968 – May 23, 2017) was an American NFL defensive tackle who played his entire eleven-season career with the Seattle Seahawks. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.[1]Defensive Disruption, NFL Internet Network, article, 31 July 2012 story, first accessed 5 August 2012.</ref> [2]

High school and college careerEdit

Kennedy was born in Osceola, Arkansas. Lived and grew up in Wilson, Arkansas. He graduated from Rivercrest High School in Wilson, Arkansas, and attended NW Mississippi Community College before winning a football scholarship to the University of Miami, where he was named All-Americanat his position in 1989.

Kennedy was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

He has a jersey of his number in the Rivercrest High School lobby.

Seattle SeahawksEdit

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 was named All-Pro 4 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.[3] [4] 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,[5] eventually being elected to the Hall as a member of the 2012 induction class. [6]

Since his retirement, Kennedy has worked as an advisor for the New Orleans Saints, whose general manager, Mickey Loomis, had previously worked for the Seahawks.[7][8]

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[9]

In 2012, Kennedy was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[10]


Kennedy died on May 23, 2017 at age 48.


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