Kenny Easley remains for many as popular a former Seahawks as there is -- and, for many, especially Seattle fans such as TNT Seahawks Insider regular BobbyK, an unjust omission from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The thumping former high school quarterback from Chesapeake, Virginia, was the 1981 AFC rookie of the year, a five-time Pro Bowl strong safety, a two-time All-Pro and the 1984 NFL defensive player of the year over 89 career games from '81-87.
He was forced to retire in 1987 after a physical that was going to be part of a trade from Seattle to the Cardinals detected a kidney ailment, which he would blame on taking too much Advil to play through pain as a Seahawk. At age 28, he was out of the game. In 1990 he needed a kidney transplant. He's had four knee surgeries.
My friend Scott Johnson, formerly of The Herald in Everett, Washington, wrote this on Easley in 2007.
Now, Easley continues to reconnect with his old team.
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In February, he was Seattle's honorary captain for the coin toss just before Super Bowl 49. Next week, on Friday May 1, Easley will be in Chicago at the NFL draft introducing the Seahawks' second-round pick. That is currently scheduled to be Seattle's first of a league-high 11 selections in 2015, at No. 63 overall.
The league announced today Easley will be one of 32 former players at the draft announcing picks. Here is the complete list.