Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 May 2017

Cortez Kennedy Passes Away

Former defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy has died at the age of 48, per the Orlando Police Department. Kennedy was a star at the University of Miami and a star with the Seattle Seahawks after they took him with the third overall pick in the 1990 draft. He was thrice named first-team All-Pro, was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 for a Seahawks team that went 2-14 (and finished third in defensive DVOA), and was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1990s. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. R.I.P.

Posted by: Tom Gower on 23 May 2017

3 comments, Last at 27 May 2017, 10:12pm by LionInAZ


by tictoc :: Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:14pm

As a Hawk fan those early/mid '90s teams were abysmal. I was in my late teens/early twenties with a lot going on (pot smoking, finding ways to not do homework) that my fandom waned a bit. But Cortez was the bright spot that kept me interested. I love that he recieved the respect he deserved at the end of his career. RIP Tez.

by Joe Pancake :: Tue, 05/23/2017 - 4:55pm

I'm right there with you. Dude was awesome on some mediocre or downright bad teams. He won the DPOY Award in 1992 on a 2-14 team and deserved it (14 sacks as a D-tackle!).

What's crazy to me is that he was just 24 then. I was 15, but it seemed like the age gap between a pro football player and myself was decades. It sure doesn't feel that way now that he's gone at only 48 years old -- way too soon.

by LionInAZ :: Sat, 05/27/2017 - 10:12pm

48 is way too young to die. I hope the cause of his death is investigated thoroughly.