Kennedy went from the third-overall pick in the 1990 National Football League draft out of the University of Miami into one of the most disruptive - and popular -defensive players not just in Seattle but also National Football League history.
Kennedy was also named the 1992 Defensive Player of the Year and made eight Pro Bowls. "The NFL has lost a Hall of Fame player and we have lost a Hall of Fame friend and a role model who will always remain a part of our family in the lasting memories and laughs he provided".
"The entire Hall of Fame family is stunned and deeply saddened to learn the news of Cortez Kennedy's passing".
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Kennedy is considered to be one of the greatest defensive tackles of all time. A great personality, a great player & I enjoyed competing against him.
What made Mr. Kennedy so hard to stop was his low center of gravity, unexpected quickness, and remarkable strength packaged in a 6-foot-1, 300-pound frame. One of the few times we got him in our little weight room down here, we still couldn't find out.
Cortez Kennedy, the Seahawks' Hall of Fame defensive tackle, has died at age 48.
After retiring, Kennedy lived frugally, according to a 2015 New York Times profile, returning to Arkansas to raise his daughter before moving to an upscale Orlando golf community while working as an adviser to the New Orleans Saints.
Cortez Kennedy, the 305-pound tackling machine who anchored the Seahawks' defensive line throughout the 1990s, has passed away.
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