ESPN’s Mike Sando presented former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy’s case for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the selection committee on Saturday.
Sando said all he had to do was stick to the facts, which pointed to Kennedy being one of the most dominant defensive tackles ever to play the game.
Sando: Kennedy played 16 games nine times, 15 games once and eight games in his only injury-shortened season. He matched Reggie White and Bruce Smith as the only defensive linemen with eight Pro Bowls during the 1990s. He went to as many Pro Bowls during the 1990s as Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Bruce Smith and Derrick Thomas.
Kennedy was also the Associated Press' defensive player of the year on that 2-14 team, which featured one of the worst offenses in NFL history (Seattle was the only NFL team to field a top-10 defense in 1990, 1991 and 1992). Only White and Lawrence Taylor won the award previously while playing for losing teams.
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According to the Seahawks, Kennedy played more than 90 percent of the defensive snaps for at least his first six seasons, including 97.2 percent in 1994.
Since sacks became an official stat in 1982, Kennedy and Hall of Famer Randy White are the only defensive tackles with at least 150 starts, 50 sacks and eight Pro Bowls.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com, who covered Kennedy’s career while at the Seattle P-I, offers a nice synopsis of the Hall of Famer’s career.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes a trip down memory lane, describing what it was like to cover Kennedy during his 11-year career in Seattle.
In my story on Kennedy’s induction, former teammate Rob Tobeck had this to say: “You had to know where he was. You had to have a second pair of eyes on him. He commanded a double team. He was an incredible talent and really a good guy. No doubt it’s good seeing another Seahawk, a teammate and a guy that you played with and that you had a lot of respect for as an opponent getting in. He was just a great guy. And to see a guy that was also such a good teammate makes me happy.”
Edwin Pope of the Miami Herald weighs in on Kennedy’s induction to the Hall of Fame.
Chris Egan of KING 5 TV talks with Seahawks general manager John Schneider about the quarterback position in this video clip below.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald continue the debate of whether or not you need an elite quarterback to win a Super Bowl, pointing to this year’s duo of New England’s Tom Brady and the N.Y. Giants Eli Manning as evidence that perhaps you do.
Former Seahawks running back and assistant coach Justin Griffith joins the Raiders as the offensive quality control coach. As a player, Griffith had been a favorite of recently hired Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.
And oh yeah, the Super Bowl is today. Pete Prisco of CBS Sports provides a tale of the tape, comparing the New York Giants and the New England Patriots teams from the 2007 Super Bowl to this year’s matchup.
Chris Case of Yahoo Sports provides some celebrity picks here. Arnold Palmer, John McEnroe and Yogi Berra take the Giants. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanilla Ice and Jack Nicklaus take the Patriots.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post talks to some front office executives and asks them to compare their evaluations on brother Peyton and Eli Manning.