The NFL lost a legend on Tuesday when former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy was found dead in Orlando. Cause of death is unknown but Orlando Police see nothing suspicious. Gone way too soon, Kennedy was only 48.
A product of the University of Miami, Kennedy was the third overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft. He played all of his 11 seasons in Seattle on a team that were regular cellar-dwellers. A wrecking ball in the middle of the defensive line, he was the best player on the team and his resume speaks to that fact.
*Five-time All-Pro selection
*Eight-time Pro Bowl selection
*NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992.
*Member of NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1990’s.
*Named into the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor and had his jersey number, 96, retired in 2000.
*Inducted into the Pro Football Hall-Of-Fame in 2012.
The Seattle Seahawks organization posted this tweet on Twitter on Tuesday:
Our statement on the passing of Cortez Kennedy. pic.twitter.com/yVtBfMdyp5
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) May 23, 2017
Perhaps an even bigger contributor off the field, Kennedy was a pillar of the community in Seattle and great ambassador both for the Seahawks and the NFL. He will be missed.