SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) – Former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy has been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Kennedy spent his entire 11-season career with Seattle and was a force both as a run stopper and in threatening quarterbacks. The 1992 Defensive Player of the Year made eight Pro Bowls, recorded 668 tackles, made 3 interceptions and had 58 sacks — an unusually high total for a tackle. In 2007, Kennedy was named the best athlete ever to wear the number 96 by Sports Illustrated.

The third overall selection in the 1990 entry draft by the Seahawks, Kennedy made his first Pro Bowl in 1991 after just two seasons. He was named All-Pro 4 times.

Kennedy retired after the 2000 season. He was given several offers by other teams, but wanted to finish his career in Seattle.

He was a Semi-Finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008 as well as a finalist in 2009 and 2011 before being elected Saturday.


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