August 23, 1968|
Osceola, Arkansas, in
|Died:||May 23, 2017(aged 48), in|
|NFL Draft||1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3|
|NFL Supplemental Draft||/ Pick:|
|High School||Rivercrest H.S., Wilson, Arkansas|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|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.Defensive Disruption, NFL Internet Network, Profootballhof.com article, 31 July 2012 story, first accessed 5 August 2012.</ref> 
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.
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.  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.
Kennedy died on May 23, 2017 at age 48.
- ↑ Pro Football HOF, 2012
- ↑ Internet Archive (archive.org) record of ProFootballHOF.com article Defensive Disruption, archived 5 August 2012 (HTML format)
- ↑ DT Kennedy announces retirement, NFL.com article, August 2002, first accessed December 13, 2006.
- ↑ Internet Archive (archive.org) record of August 2002 NFL.com article DT Kennedy announces his retirement, December 13, 2006.
- ↑ Hall Release – Modern era semi-finalists for Class of 2008
- ↑ Pro Football HOF, 2012.
- ↑ "Well-kept secret: Ex-Seattle defensive great a Who Dat", Foxsports.com article, first accessed September 2, 2010.
- ↑ 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.com, accessed August 21, 2012.
- ↑ 'HOF-2012'