Former Seattle Seahawk defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy was named one of the 15 finalists to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for a fourth consecutive year by the selection committee this weekend.
During his 11 seasons in Seattle, Kennedy was selected to a team-record eight Pro Bowls, was named the defensive player of the year in 1992 on a 2-14 team, and led the team in sacks in 1992 and 1995.
Kennedy made it to the round of 10 the past two years.
Kennedy is joined by running back Jerome Bettis and Curtis Martin, receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed, center Dermontii Dawson, pass rushers Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene and Charles Haley, offensive tackle Willie Roaf, offensive guard Will Shields, cornerback Aeneas Williams, coach Bill Parcells and owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr.
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The finalists also include two senior nominees, former Steelers cornerback Jack Butler and former Detroit Lions and Washington offensive guard Dick Stanfel. The selection committee meets in Indianapolis on Feb. 4 to elect the Hall of Fame Class of 2012, and those results will be announced from the Super Bowl media headquarters.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that it will be important for the Seahawks to identify and sign their own free agents that the feel are important to the team’s success before free agency begins in early March.
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com believes the Seahawks can succeed with Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback, just like that Niners did with Alex Smith this season.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post ranks the Seahawks-Cowboys game in 2007 among his top five Wild Card games ever, and also provides a first look at the top prospects in this year’s outside linebacker class.
Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated compares Kellen Moore to Drew Brees.
ESPN’s John Clayton places Seattle safety Earl Thomas on his All-Pro team.
Carles of Grantland.com compares the performance of middling NFL quarterbacks like Tarvaris Jackson to our day-to-day struggles with our performance in the workplace, saying the two hit eerily close to home.
Dave Wyman of ESPN 710 Seattle says if Seahawks fans think their team has issues with Jackson, maybe you should take a look at Denver’s situation with Tim Tebow.