2012 NFL Hall Of Fame Finalists: Cortez Kennedy Could Represent Seahawks In HOF Class

The NFL will announce the members of the 2012 class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Those elected will be enshrined in Canton in August before the 2012 NFL season gets underway. One of the finalists on the ballot is a player with extremely deep ties to the Seattle Seahawks franchise.

Defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy was selected by the Seahawks in the first round of the 1990 draft, as the third overall selection. He would go on to play his entire NFL career with Seattle, from 1990 until 2000. Cortez was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, a three-time First-Team All-Pro selection and the 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He was named to the 1990s All-Decade Team and is a member of the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor. If all of that weren't enough, he was named by SI.com as the greatest athlete to ever wear the number 96.

This is Kennedy's second time as a Hall of Fame ballot finalist. With a little luck, the dominant defenseman will soon find himself representing the Seahawks in the Hall.

For complete coverage of the Hall of Fame, please stay tuned to this StoryStream or SB Nation's dedicated NFL hub. For updates and perspective regarding the Seattle Seahawks, head on over to Field Gulls.

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