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Cortez Kennedy
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Defensive Tackle
Jersey #(s)
Born August 23, 1968 (1968-08-23) (age 41)
Osceola, Arkansas
Career information
Year(s) 19902000
NFL Draft 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
College Miami (Fla.)
Professional teams
Career stats
Tackles 668
Sacks 58.0
Interceptions 3
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Cortez Kennedy (born August 23, 1968 in Osceola, Arkansas) is a former NFL defensive tackle who played his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks.


High school and college career

Kennedy was born in Osceola, Arkansas. He graduated from Rivercrest High School in Wilson, Arkansas, and attended Northwest Mississippi Community College before winning a football scholarship to the University of Miami, where he was named All-American at his position in 1989.

Kennedy was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 ! His bio can be viewed at .

Seattle Seahawks

He was the third overall selection in the 1990 draft by the Seahawks, and was a contract holdout through nearly all of the off-season. He missed training camp, and signed only two days before the beginning of the season. Having missed training camp, Kennedy had a rather lackluster rookie year, but was named to the Pro Bowl in 1991. In 1992, having recorded 14 quarterback sacks, he received the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and was named All-Pro 4 times.

Kennedy retired after the 2000 season. In 167 games with Seattle, he recorded 668 tackles, 58 sacks, and 3 interceptions. He announced his retirement in August 2002 after sitting out the 2001 season. He was given several offers by other teams, but wanted to finish his career in Seattle.[1] He is generally considered one of the best defensive tackles to ever play the position in the NFL. He was a Semi-Finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008, as well as a finalist in 2009.[2]

In 2006, Kennedy was inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor.

In 2007, Kennedy was named the best athlete ever to wear the number 96 by[3]


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