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Friday Round-Up: Seahawks Legend Walter Jones Commemorates Cortez Kennedy With ’96 CHECK’ Initiative

Good morning, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s ‘out there’ for today – Friday, September 6 – about your Seattle Seahawks:

Call A Friend For #96Check

Out of the blue, the phone rings.

You pick up, and on the other line, a voice calmly asks, “Hey friend, how are you doing?”

That’s it. It’s really as simple as that. These are the phone calls that Seahawks Legend Walter Jones used to get out of nowhere from Legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy.

To honor Kennedy, the fellow Hall of Famer started an initiative in 2017 using the hashtag #96Check. Its purpose is to check in on your friends and family to stay connected with one another. Leading up to September 6 (9.6), Jones has been tweeting out notes on social media to raise awareness for #96Check.

In a segment on NFL Network two years ago, Jones explained, “When the passing of ‘Tez happened, you get a call from a lot of people, but then you’ll get that one call from someone that’s just asking you how you’re doing, and sometimes that can help you get through it.” The Ring of Honor member continues, “So for me, that’s why I wanted to start this, to think about those players that weren’t the Hall of Famers, the All-Pros, but those guys that went to battle with you, that you made friends with. Everybody on the team from the first man to the 53rd man, that guy was a part of the team, so you don’t want to forget those guys.”

Unique to this year’s celebration of ‘Tez, NFL Films posted a feature piece elaborating on the initiative and Kennedy’s story. Jones took to Twitter to express his appreciation for the League’s support.

We encourage you to pick up the phone today and call several friends and family members.

Blue Friday Rally At The Seattle Great Wheel

In honor of the first Blue Friday of the regular season, the Seahawks will host a special Blue Friday rally TODAY at The Seattle Great Wheel at 12 p.m. PT. More info here.

Social Post Of The Day

Today’s ‘Social Post of the Day’ comes from our official Twitter account, as we tease a throwback video circa 1990, found in the Seahawks Video Vault. Keep your eyes peeled every Thursday for a blast from the past.

More From Around The Web

Seahawks.com’s John Boyle writes up a feature story about quarterback Russell Wilson being the ‘best he’s ever been’ going into his eighth season. Boyle also recaps some quotes from defensive end Ziggy Ansah’s press conference on Thursday.

Joe Fann from NBC Sports Northwest goes into depth on the impact defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will have on the Seahawks defense.

Jim Moore at 710 ESPN Seattle previews the team’s season and ranks 11 position groups.

Bob Condotta at The Seattle Times expands on Ansah’s thoughts on his paring with Clowney.

Larry Stone at The Seattle Times also reports on Wilson’s thoughts going into the 2019 season.

Adam Jude at The Seattle Times dives into Clowney’s path to the NFL.

Gregg Bell from The Tacoma News Tribune reports on Ansah being ready for the team’s regular-season debut.

Michael-Shawn Dugar from The Athletic surveys some players to describe the team in one word.

The Seahawks and the Bengals will meet this Sunday in Seattle at CenturyLink Field to open up the 2019 regular season. Take a look back at photos from the past twenty games played between the two teams.

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