Defensive Tackle Cortez Kennedy dies at age 48

Cortez Kennedy
Cortez Kennedy, ​Defensive Tackle of the Seattle Seahawks hugs bust of himself at his Hall of Fame induction.

By Denise Williams
The Florida/Georgia Star

Defensive Tackle number #96 and hall of fame recipient Cortez Kennedy died May 23, 2017 at the age of 48 in Orlando, FL. It was reported that he died alone and at the time of this writing, Orlando police cite nothing suspicious regarding his death. Cortez was drafted by the Seahawks and spent his entire professional football career of 11 years with the franchise. He received eight Pro Bowl awards and was All-Pro First Team from 1992 to 1994. In addition he was Defensive Player of the Year in 1992.
According to ESPN’s website, he was the Associated Press 1990 All Decade Team credited with 448 tackles, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and there interceptions during the course of his NFL career. He was also inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor in 2006 and the Hall of Fame in 2012.
The Seahawks released the following statement: “Tez was the heart and soul of the Seahawks through the 1990s and endeared himself to 12s all across the Pacific Northwest as a player who played with a selfless and relentless approach to the game,” Pro Football Hall of Fame CEO David Baker was recorded as saying: “He epitomized the many great values this game teaches which serves as inspiration to millions of fans.”