Cortez Kennedy has answered to a lot of titles in his 45 years on this earth.
First-round draft choice, which the Seahawks made him in 1990. NFL Defensive Player of the Year, an honor Kennedy was voted in 1992 despite the team’s 2-14 record. Pro Bowl defensive tackle, which he was eight times during his 11-season career. All-Pro defensive tackle, which Kennedy was four times. NFL All-Decade player, which he was for the 1990s. Ring of Honor inductee, which he became in 2006. Pro Football Hall of Famer, an honor that came his way last year – when the team also retired his No. 96.
Off the field, Kennedy has been the baby boy of Ruby and Joe, his parents; daddy to his daughter, Courtney, who he raised as a single parent; and an empty-nester, as Courtney is off to college at the University of Miami, also the school her daddy attended.
Now, the affable Kennedy has a new designation: Ambassador. As part of his duties as a member of the Seahawks Board of Advisors, Kennedy will represent the franchise at various functions.
Today is his 45th birthday, so only the biggest of Happy Birthdays go out to the bigger-than-life Cortez Kennedy.