Former Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy will have to wait another year to take his rightful place among the best players to have played in the NFL.
Kennedy was not among a list of seven selected for enshrinement into the Pro Hall of Fame. But another former Seahawk, John Randle, is headed to Canton, along with four other finalists, including Jerry Rice, Russ Grimm, Emmitt Smith and Rickey Jackson.
The two nominees of the Seniors Committee, Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little, also not made the cut. Nominees need 80 percent of the vote from the 44-member panel to get in.
Little, who lives in the Seattle area and owned a car dealership in Federal Way for nearly two decades, retired as the 7th leading rusher in NFL history after a nine-year career with the Denver Broncos. The other six are in the Hall of Fame. Little’s “44” jersey was the first number retired by the Broncos.
Kennedy made it a step closer this year after making the final 15 for the first time last season, reaching the final 10, along with Richard Dent, Dermontti Dawson, Andre Reed and Shannon Sharpe. Charles Haley, Roger Craig, Cris Carter, Don Coryell and Tim Brown all were cut when the group was trimmed from 15 to 10.
Kennedy is in Miami as a guest of the New Orleans Saints, where he served as a scout for a short time after his playing career came to a close in 2000.
Kennedy spent all 11 years of his NFL career with Seattle. He was selected as the NFL defensive player of the year in 1992 on a team that finished 2-14 that season. Kennedy also went to eight Pro Bowls and was selected to the all-decade team for the 90s.
Randle spent time with the Seahawks from 2001 to 2003 after an 11-year stint with the Minnesota Vikings that included six Pro Bowls.
Randle also earned a Pro Bowl selection while with the Seahawks in 2001.
Inductions will be held on Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio. The seven-member class brings the total numbers of Hall of Fame members to 260.