Cortez Kennedy Misses Out On Hall Of Fame Again In 2011

Cortez Kennedy was nominated for the Hall of Fame again in 2011, making the list of 17 finalists. Between four and seven will be picked for induction on Feb. 5.

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Cortez Kennedy Not Upset At Missing NFL Hall Of Fame, Happy To Be A Finalist

Cortez Kennedy was gracious in defeat after missing out on the NFL Hall of Fame in 2011. Instead of complaining about being snubbed, or criticizing the process, Kennedy spoke of how honored he was to be nominated, and how happy he was to make the final 10 during the voting process.

Pro Football Talk had the highlights of Kennedy’s interview with Seahawks.com, and they should be enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

"How can I sit here and tell you I got ‘snubbed,’ or anything like that?" Kennedy told Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com. "I’m not upset at all. If nothing else, I got a couple nice articles written about me last week."

How can you not love “Big Tez?” He was a monster on the field and has been gracious and kind off it throughout this whole saga. Yes, Kennedy does deserve to be in the Hall of Fame — at least in my humble opinion. The consensus opinion has been that he will make it someday soon, perhaps within the next two years. So while it’s frustrating to see him passed by this year, it’s encouraging to see him have such a great attitude knowing he made the final 10.

And making the final 10, he said, put a smile on his face. Kennedy was honored the voters recognized him, even though he didn’t make the final cut.

Just another example why we were so lucky to have him in Seattle, despite some of the awful teams he was apart of. Here’s to Kennedy’s future induction; we hope it happens sometime in the new future.

For more on the class of 2011, check out our NFL Hall of Fame StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Hall Of Fame: Cortez Kennedy Snubbed, But Stats Say He Should Be In

Cortez Kennedy wasn’t flashy, but he got the job done for the Seattle Seahawks during his 11-year NFL career. In eight of those years, Kennedy made the Pro Bowl while also being named a first-team All-Pro three years and a second-teamer two years. Yet Kennedy fell short for the third-straight year when the NFL Hall of Fame announced its class of 2011 on Saturday, a victim of a loaded crop of skill players.

Look at Kennedy’s 1992 season — a year that the Seahawks were abysmal, finishing 2-14. Kennedy, however, led his position in sacks that year, and took home the AP Defensive Player of the Year award for an excellent body of work. He’s one of only five players on a losing team to bring home the award, a testament to an outstanding year.

In five other years, Kennedy registered 6.5 or more sacks, peaking in that 1992 season with 14. Kennedy finished with 568 career tackles, 11 forced fumbles, six recoveries and — wait for it — a defensive touchdown. He was a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the Seattle defense, and a more than worthy candidate for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.

Kennedy suffered from a Hall of Fame class that was overflowing with talent this year, and it won’t get any easier. Though he made the first cut, narrowing the candidates from 15 to 10, he didn’t make the second, falling just short again. It’s an encouraging sign, but with players such as Warren Sapp and others up for induction in the next few years, his chances remain long.

It’s a long road ahead, but Kennedy took a step in the right direction today. For our sake, let’s hope the Hall of Fame selection committee comes to its senses and puts Big Tez where he belongs: enshrined in the hall.

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2011 NFL Hall Of Fame: Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Shannon Sharpe Among New Hall Of Famers

We’re calling it snubbed, but the news was expected: Cortez Kennedy was not elected to the NFL Hall of Fame on Saturday. In a loaded class of candidates, there was no room for Kennedy this time around, with the class limited to just five non-senior candidates. Instead, Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter, Deion Sanders, Shannon Sharpe and Ed Sabol were elected and will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.

Big Tez made it through the first round of cuts on Saturday as the list of finalists was narrowed from 15 to 10, but was not among the chosen for enshrinement in the class of 2011. Making that last cut does bode well for Kennedy, it would seem, as his quest for Hall of Fame induction continues for at least another year.

Sanders was a no-brainer choice for induction in his first year on the ballot. Between his superb coverage at corner, his game-breaking ability in the return-game and his versatility, Sanders dazzled fans throughout his career. His athletic ability was unmatched, evidenced by his ability to play at the highest level of both football and baseball during his career.

Between his rushing and receiving, Faulk built himself a strong resume during his 13 years in the NFL. Faulk finished with 136 touchdowns, 100 of which came on the ground, over 12,000 yards on the ground and another 6,875 yards as a receiver out of the backfield. It was that combined effort that earned him enshrinement into the Hall of Fame in the class of 2011.

We’ll be back with more, but check out our 2011 NFL Hall of Fame StoryStream to get caught up on all the events of the day.

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2011 NFL Hall Of Fame: Cortez Kennedy Won't Get In This Year, But He Should

Just based on the amount of worthy candidates for induction into the NFL Hall of Fame this year, it’s unlikely former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy gets in when the class of 2011 is announced at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Kennedy back as a finalist for the third time, missing out in each of the last two years. Playing on a team that toiled in futility, unknown outside of the Northwest, Kennedy doesn’t have the buzz of other finalists in 2011, with Deion Sanders, Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk and others rightly stealing the show.

That doesn’t make Kennedy unworthy, however. On dismal teams, Kennedy dominated. The defense as a whole on those Seahawks teams was far from spectacular, but Kennedy himself was a standout — a dominant force in the middle of the defense and a bright spot on otherwise dark teams.

As Pro Football Reference points out, what Kennedy did in his time with the Seahawks is nothing short of remarkable.

Kennedy led all defensive tackles in sacks, en route to winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award for the bottom-dwelling, 2-14 Seahawks. Seattle’s offense in 1992, by any possible measure, was one of the worst in the history of the NFL. Seattle ranked last in yards, last in points, last in first downs, last in passing touchdowns, last in net yards per attempt, and second to last in rushing touchdowns. The Seahawks, trailing for most of every game, saw the fewest pass attempts in the league that season.

Between his eight Pro Bowls and that 1992 Defensive Player of the Year Award, Kennedy has the accolades, and the stats to back up his candidacy. His time is running out, however, as first-time finalists continue to pass him by as he waits to be rightfully inducted.

Read the whole piece from Pro Football Reference, in which they make a compelling argument for Kennedy’s candidacy. He should be in, but will have to wait another year. One can only hope the voters get their heads on straight and reward Kennedy for a Hall of Fame worthy career.

Stay with our 2011 NFL Hall of Fame StoryStream as the inductees are announced at 4 p.m.

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2011 Hall Of Fame Voting: Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Jerome Bettis Highlight First-Year Candidates

The list of first-year NFL Hall of Fame candidates is loaded, with each candidate boasting impressive credentials. All five candidates — Deion Sanders, Willie Roaf, Curtis Martin, Jerome Bettis and Marshall Faulk — are worth of induction, though it’s likely more than one will be snubbed, just based on simple math and the rules in place limiting the number of non-senior players inducted each year to five.

Here’s a look at the headliners — the players that should be inducted when the voting results are made public on Saturday evening.

Deion Sanders: It’s tough to see a way Sanders doesn’t get in. Primetime, as he’s known, did it all in his 14-year NFL career. From starting on both sides of the ball to being one of the most electrifying special teams player, Sanders was a man among boys on the field. He was, and still is, flashy, brash and made the plays to back up the flamboyance.

Jerome Bettis: A bruising runner, Bettis pounded his way up the all-time rushing leaders list, finishing as the fifth-best of all-time. Bettis finished with 13662 yards and 91 touchdowns on the ground, putting him amongst names like Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton. And he did it all with a powerful, between-the-tackles style that made him a working man’s back.

Marshall Faulk: The list of finalists is stacked at running back, and Faulk is one of many worthy of induction. It was his versatility — the ability to burn a defense in a variety of ways — that got Faulk to this point, and should lead him to Hall of Fame induction now or in the near-future. Between his receiving statistics — 6875 yards and 36 touchdowns — and his rushing stats — 12279 and 100 touchdowns — it’s tough to argue with Faulk’s credentials.

Of the list of 15 finalists, all are worthy of enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, though many will have to wait. With such a stacked rookie class, and plenty of returnees up for selection, choosing just five finalists to induct looks to be a daunting task.

We’ll find out with the rest of the world at 4 p.m. as the class of 2011 is announced on NFL Network. For more, check out our NFL Hall of Fame StoryStream.

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2011 NFL Hall Of Fame: Announcement Time, Candidates And Voting Information

The day has finally come for a few worthy NFL Hall of Fame candidates. On Saturday afternoon, the NFL will release the 2011 class of Hall of Fame inductees, selected from a list of 15 finalists pared down by the selection committee. Cortez Kennedy is among the list of finalists, highlighted by Deion Sanders, Shannon Sharpe and Jerome Bettis. The selection committee convenes today, selecting between four and seven players for enshrinement.

Here’s all you need to know about the Hall of Fame, who is up for induction and how the voting takes place.

Time: Voting takes place today, Feb. 5, and the announcement will be made at 4 p.m.

Place: NFL Network will have a selection show on Saturday evening.

Players Nominated: Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Dermontti Dawson, Richard Dent, Chris Doleman, Charles Haley, Chris Hanburger, Cortez Kennedy, Andre Reed, Les Richter, Shannon Sharpe, Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf.

Voting Process: A 44-person selection committee, made up mostly of sportswriters, convenes to the Saturday before the Super Bowl to vote on the list of finalists. Between four and seven finalists are chosen for induction. The only way for seven to be chosen is if both senior nominees — Hanburger and Richter this year — are elected. No more than five modern-era players can be enshrined each year.

It takes 80 percent of the vote to be enshrined, but if less than four modern-era candidates get 80 percent, the top-four vote-getters will be chosen.

Can former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy make it in on his third try? Check back later as we look at his chances, and the chances of the rest of the candidates for enshrinement.

For more on today’s voting, check out our 2011 NFL Hall of Fame StoryStream.

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NFL Hall Of Fame Finalist List Include Cortez Kennedy

For the third time in as many years, former Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy is a finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame. Kennedy played all 11 seasons of his NFL career in Seattle before retiring in 2000. With 17 total finalists -- including Deion Sanders, Shannon Sharpe, Marshall Faulk, Jerome Bettis and Cris Carter -- Kennedy faces another uphill battle towards Hall of Fame induction this year.

The full list of Hall of Fame finalists can be found here. Rules stipulate that the NFL Hall of Fame can only choose between four and seven members for each class. With Sanders and Faulk jumping into the mix as first-time finalists, the slate is loaded again in 2011.

Hall of Fame voting takes place in just under a month, on Feb. 5, with the results aired on NFL Network on the same day. Will it be Big Tez's turn to enter the hall? Stay tuned to our StoryStream for more updates as the voting is made public.

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