Cortez Kennedy, a Seattle Seahawks legend who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame just four years ago, has suddenly died at the age of 48.
TMZ was the first to report on his death which was later also confirmed by EPSN as well as NFL.com. Though the death is unclear, TMZ has learned from the Orlando police that his death was not “suspicious.”
Kennedy was named first-team All-Pro three times and was a part of eight Pro Bowlws. He has 167 NFL games under his belt in a span of 11 seasons, all with the Seattle Seahawks. He was a major player for the team in the ’90s.
In his speech in 2014, when he made it into the hall of fame, he said, “This day, right now, this moment, it’s always about those who came a long way, those who provided support, and those who have cheered, it’s all about the 12th Man,”
Kennedy said in his enshrinement speech. “It’s all about those before, and who will come after. It’s all about my beautiful daughter, Courtney. It is all about the players and friends I laughed with over the years. It is about all my teammates I cried with over the years, both in victory and defeat. It’s not about winning or losing. It’s so much bigger than that. It’s about the relationship and about sharing it, and working hard together. It’s about not taking the shortcut.”