DT Cortez Kennedy named Hall of Fame finalist

Jan 7, 2012, 11:07 AM | Updated: Jan 9, 2012, 9:31 am

710Sports.com staff

For the fourth consecutive year, former Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The 15 finalists and two senior nominees were announced this morning, and the Class of 2012 will be chosen by the Hall of Fame selection committee on Saturday, Feb. 5, the day before the Super Bowl.

A member of the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor, Kennedy was voted to the Pro Bowl eight times during his 11-year career with the Seahawks (1990-2000) and was selected to the NFL team of the decade in the 1990s. Kennedy was voted NFL defensive player of the year in 1992 after registering 14 sacks, 93 tackles and four forced fumbles.

A Facebook page was created to help promote Kennedy’s campaign for the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame this season — Cortez Kennedy for Hall of Fame — and already has over 3,769 “likes”.

Here is the list of this year’s 15 finalists, and two senior nominees:

Jerome Bettis – Running Back – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

Tim Brown – Wide Receiver/Kick Returner – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jack Butler – Cornerback – 1951-59 Pittsburgh Steelers

Cris Carter – Wide Receiver – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins

Dermontti Dawson – Center – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers

Edward DeBartolo, Jr. – Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers

Chris Doleman – Defensive End/Linebacker – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers

Kevin Greene – Linebacker/Defensive End – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers

Charles Haley – Defensive End/Linebacker – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys

Cortez Kennedy – Defensive Tackle – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks

Curtis Martin – Running Back – 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets

Bill Parcells – Coach – 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-96 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys

Andre Reed – Wide Receiver – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins

Willie Roaf – Tackle – 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs

Will Shields – Guard – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs

Dick Stanfel – Guard – 1952-55 Detroit Lions, 1956-58 Washington Redskins

Aeneas Williams – Cornerback/Safety – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

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