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Hall of Fame Hurricanes: Cortez Kennedy

"Hall of Fame Canes" will highlight Hurricanes enshrined in the #HOF in preparation for Jimmy Johnson's College Football Hall of Fame inductment, along with the rest of the Class of 2012, on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Meet today's Hall of Fame Hurricane...

Cortez Kennedy
Pro Football HOF, 2012

by: Camron Ghorbi

More than 3,000 miles separate the site of the old Orange Bowl, located in Miami's colorful Little Havana neighborhood, and that of the former Kingdome, the pride and joy of Seattle's industrial district. At a recent ceremony in The Emerald City, the two historic venues were recently linked in celebration of a joint son's otherworldly achievements.

"Now, therefore, be it proclaimed by the Seattle City Council, that Sunday, October 14, 2012, is Cortez Kennedy 'Tez' Day."

The official proclamation from the City of Seattle was another notable tribute in a long list recognizing Cortez Kennedy, arguably the greatest defensive tackle to ever play the game.

Kennedy's success in the professional ranks, where he set a Seattle Seahawks franchise record by starting 116 consecutive games, is well-documented. The monstrous defensive tackle, praised for his brilliant combination of strength and agility, helped start a trend of versatile linemen that would characterize the NFL's next era.

Kennedy, who didn't miss a game until his eighth professional season despite playing one of the most physical positions on the field, was named to eight Pro Bowls, three All-Pro teams and the NFL's  All-Decade Team for the 1990s.  Kennedy finished his professional career with 167 games played, 568 tackles, 58 sacks and 11 forced fumbles. He won the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1992, despite playing on a Seahawks team that finished 2-14 overall.

On his fourth Hall of Fame ballot in 2012, Kennedy finally earned a well-deserved bust in Canton. He became the fifth Hurricane to garner football's most prestigious honor, joining Jim Otto (1980), Ted Hendricks (1990), Jim Kelly (2002) and Michael Irvin (2007).

Kennedy's list of accolades continues to lengthen. In addition to the recent retirement of his famed No. 96 by the Seahawks on "Tez Day," Kennedy's personal accomplishments now include:

All-American. National champion. University of Miami Ring of Honor member. NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award winner. Seattle Seahawks' Ring of Honor member. Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Kennedy accomplished nearly all the gridiron had to offer after stepping onto the Coral Gables campus as a student-athlete back in 1988. Nearly 25 years later, his legend continues to grow.