American Football Database
Cortez Kennedy
No. 96, 99     
Defensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-08-23) August 23, 1968 (age 53)
Place of birth: Osceola, Arkansas
High School: Wilson (AR) Rivercrest
Career information
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Debuted in 1990 for the Seattle Seahawks
Last played in 2000 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
* Seattle Seahawks (19902000)
Career highlights and awards
* 8× Pro Bowl selection (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999)
Tackles     668
Quarterback sacks     58.0
Interceptions     3
Stats at
Pro Football Hall of Fame

Cortez Kennedy (born August 23, 1968) is a former NFL defensive tackle who played his entire eleven-season career with the Seattle Seahawks. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.[1]

High school and college career

Kennedy was born in Osceola, Arkansas. Lived and grew up in Wilson, 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.

He has a jersey of his number in the Rivercrest High School lobby.

Seattle Seahawks

He was the third overall selection in the 1990 draft by the Seahawks, and was unsigned until two days before the beginning of the season. Kennedy 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 despite the Seahawks miserable 2-14 record. He switched his jersey number to 99 that season in honor of close friend Jerome Brown, 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.[2] 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 and 2011,[3] eventually being elected to the Hall as a member of the 2012 induction class. [1]

Since his retirement, Kennedy has worked as an advisor for the New Orleans Saints, whose general manager, Mickey Loomis, had previously worked for the Seahawks.[4][5]

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[6]

In 2012, Kennedy was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[1] His jersey number, 96, was also retired by the Seattle Seahawks during a game against the New England Patriots on October 14, 2012.


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