Seahawks Legend Kenny Easley will have a former coach by his side when he is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, where Tommy Rhodes — Easley's high school coach — will present the former NFL safety as part of the Class of 2017, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced this week.
The Chesapeake native Easley, 58, played for Rhodes at Virginia's Oscar Smith High School. The pair's friendship has spanned four decades.
"We have a 40-year relationship, and he was instrumental in my decision about where to go to college," Easley, a UCLA product, said via The Virginian-Pilot. "I thought coach Rhodes deserved to be the person to do this."
As Easley's presenter, Rhodes will join Class of 2017 enshrinees on stage at the Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner on Friday, Aug. 4 before being featured in a video presentation introducing Easley during the Enshrinement Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 5, when Rhodes will join Easley on stage and unveil the bronze bust of the former Seahawk.
Easley is part of a seven-person Hall of Fame class that will be inducted next month. It's a list that includes Easley, Morten Anderson, Terrell Davis, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Kurt Warner.
Easley, who enjoyed seven productive seasons with the Seahawks, will become the fourth player in the Hall of Fame to have spent his entire career in Seattle. He'll join fellow Ring of Honor members Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy, and Walter Jones.
Here's a look at each of the Hall of Fame presenters for the Class of 2017:
- MORTEN ANDERSEN – Sebastian Andersen, Morten's son
- TERRELL DAVIS – Neil Schwartz, Terrell's agent & friend
- KENNY EASLEY – Tommy Rhodes, Kenny's high school coach
- JERRY JONES – Gene Jones, Jerry's wife
- JASON TAYLOR – Jimmy Johnson, Jason's coach with Dolphins
- LaDAINIAN TOMLINSON – Lorenzo Neal, LaDainian's teammate with Chargers
- KURT WARNER – Brenda Warner, Kurt's wife
Take a look back at some of the best moments from the career of former Seahawks safety Kenny Easley, who was announced as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 on Saturday, February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas the night before Super Bowl LI.