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Former Seahawks safety Kenny Easley named HOF senior finalist

Aug 15, 2016, 11:55 AM | Updated: 12:06 pm
Kenny Easley will be on the ballot for the Hall of Fame Class of 2017. (AP)...
Kenny Easley will be on the ballot for the Hall of Fame Class of 2017. (AP)
(AP)

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Monday that former Seahawks safety Kenny Easley was selected as a Senior Finalist for the Class of 2017. Easley was picked by the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee that met in Canton.

Easley was the No. 4 pick out of UCLA in the 1981 NFL draft and spent all seven years of his career playing strong safety for Seattle. He amassed 32 interceptions, which he returned for 538 yards and three TDs, and added eight sacks.

Easley was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1984 when he registered a league-leading 10 interceptions and two pick-sixes. He was named first-team All-Pro four straight years (1982-85) and voted to five Pro Bowls. He is also a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1980s.

A senior nominee is a player whose career ended at least 25 years ago. Easley must receive the same 80 percent voting support that is required of all finalists. The HOF’s Selection Committee will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in Houston, Texas. They will consider 18 finalists, including Easley, two contributors (to be named Aug. 16), and 15 modern-era finalists.

The Class of 2017 will be formally enshrined during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week in Canton next August.

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