Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey One Year Later: Remembering Cortez Kennedy

A year ago today, the Seahawks lost one of the most talented and beloved players in franchise history. On the anniversary of his passing, the Seahawks remember the life and career of Cortez Kennedy, a Hall of Fame defensive tackle who spent his entire NFL career in Seattle.

Kennedy, who arrived in Seattle as a first-round pick in 1990, was one of the best players of his era, making the Pro Bowl eight times in 11 seasons and earning All-Pro honors five times. His dominance transcended wins and losses to the point that he earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1992 despite playing for a team that finished with a 2-14 record. But it was more than just Kennedy’s physical talents that made him a sports icon in the Pacific Northwest; it was his big personality, his sense of humor and his love for life that stood out as much as any of his impressive on-field exploits.

“He was like a kid all the time,” former Seahawks coach Dennis Erickson said last year. “He smiled, he had fun all the time. He just enjoyed life and enjoyed people.”

Dave Wyman spent only three of his nine NFL seasons playing with Kennedy, but said last year, “If you had asked me who was my best teammate, I would say Tez, and 75 percent of that was stuff off the field. He was always joyful, he was always happy. He was like the kid playing football on the playground, and that just Men’s Authentic Reebok Montreal Canadiens 14 Tomas Plekanec 2016 Winter Classic Ice Hockey Jersey  rubs off on you. And I’m telling you, I never heard an ill word from that guy. Ever. I never heard a criticism, I never heard him get mad about something someone wrote or said. He’s a great example for every football player. As a football player, you’re supposed to be like a holy terror in between the lines, then off the field, you’re supposed to be a nice, humble, gracious guy, and you strive to do that, but you don’t always get it done. He always got it done.”

And Kennedy got it done on the field as well as any defensive tackle of his era, which is why he was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1990s. Kennedy became a member of the Seahawks Ring of Honor in 2006, then in 2012 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, making him one of four players to be enshrined in Canton after spending their entire careers in Seattle along with Steve Largent, Walter Jones and Kenny Easley.

“Cortez was a beast, Cortez was disruptive,” former Seahawks safety Eugene Robinson said last year. “I would yell out, ‘That trap’s coming, that trap’s coming. Tez, watch the trap.’ And he would just take that tackle and destroy him, or that pulling guard, he would destroy him. He was ubiquitous, he was everywhere.

“That 1992 season, we went 2-14 that year, and from a 2-14 team, he was the defensive player of the year. You’ve got to be pretty dang special to do that. To be that prolific, to be that guy whose volume of work speaks so loudly that the entire nation of football takes notice and says you’re the best player? What? That put him on the maps. Fourteen sacks at defensive tackle? Defensive ends get 14, 15 sacks, defensive tackles get 8 sacks, 9 sacks, that’s a great season. You get double digits, you’re something special.”

Kennedy’s legacy lives on, including through an initiative started by Jones, a former teammate of Kennedy’s and a fellow Hall of Famer. Inspired by the random phone calls he would receive from Kennedy following their playing careers, Jones last year launched 96 CHECK, a campaign named after Kennedy’s jersey number that encourages all current and former NFL players, coaches, staff and fans to reach out and check in with an individual they have not talked to in a while.

“He would just check in on me anytime,” Jones said last year when launching 96 CHECK. “A random call, it could be early in the morning, it could be late at night, and it’d just be a random call. He didn’t want anything, he was just checking up on you.”

Best Of Seahawks Legend Cortez Kennedy

A look back at some of the best photos of Seahawks Legend Cortez Kennedy.

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy (96) is seen on the sideline during an NFL game against the San Diego Chargers Oct. 25, 1998, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. (Allen Kee via AP)

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Seattle Seahawks Cortez Kennedy (96) during a game from his 1994 season with the Seattle Seahawks. Cortez Kennedy played for 11 years , all with the Seattle Seahawks, was an 8-time Pro Bowler and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.(David Durochik via AP)

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Seattle Seahawks Cortez Kennedy (96) during a game from his 1999 season with the Seattle Seahawks. Cortez Kennedy played for 11 years , all with the Seattle Seahawks, was an 8-time Pro Bowler and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.(David Durochik via AP)

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Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy (96) lis seen during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Raiders Oct. 14, 1990, at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. (NFL Photos via AP)

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Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy (96) looks on from the sideline during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Raiders Oct. 14, 1990, at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. (NFL Photos via AP)

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On the plane ride home, Hall-of-famer Cortez Kennedy spoke with, then asked for a photo with current defensive standouts Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor.

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NFL Owners Approve Tomas Plekanec Youth Jersey Kickoff Rule Changes For 2018

NFL owners voted to make significant changes to the kickoff rules on Tuesday in an attempt to improve player safety. Also agreed upon by owners is a “use of helmet” rule, which makes it a penalty if a player “lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against his opponent.” Additionally, the “disqualification of a player” was added to the list of reviewable plays for 2018.

The full details on all the changes can be found here.

The kickoff rule changes, which will be reevaluated next offseason, include eliminating the running start for the kicking team, banning wedge blocks and changes to how the receiving team can line up.

Prior to 2018, coverage teams could get a 5-yard running start on the kick, but now players cannot line up more than 1 yard from the restraining line (the 35-yard line). The receiving team, meanwhile, must have at least e Tomas Plekanec Winter Classic Jersey ight players lined up in the 15-yard “setup zone” prior to kickoff. The receiving team may no longer use wedge blocks, whereas in the past two-man wedge blocks were allowed. Also, the receiving team can no longer initiate blocks before the ball is caught or hits the ground.

The new “use of helmet” rule also includes ejections standards:

  • Player lowers his helmet to establish a linear body posture prior to initiating and making contact with the helmet.
  • Contact was clearly avoidable; player delivering the blow had other options.

Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, said on twitter that more than 40,000 plays were reviewed from last season through the lens of the new “use of helmet rule,” and only three ejections were identified.

Earlier this offseason, owners approved a handful of changes at the annual league meetings, most notably rewriting the catch rule.

Seahawks “Get Close Joe Carter Throwback Jersey r To Real Football” With Day 1 Of OTAs

The Seahawks kicked off organized team activities on Monday, and while what took place on a sunny afternoon in mid-May was still a far cry from regular-season football, it was a significant next step in the team’s offseason workout program.

Monday’s practice marked the first time since Seattle’s 2017 came to an end that offensive and defensive players could compete head-to-head on a practice field, and was the first of 10 voluntary OTA practices before June’s mandatory minicamp that will wrap up offseason workouts.

“It feels good to put helmets on,” center Justin Britt said. “It’s the first chance we really get to line up across from somebody since the end of last season. It’s good to get out there, get the communication rolling, get closer to real football and just get the feel for it.”

Added linebacker K.J. Wright, “It felt great just to be able to put those cleats on, put the helmets on and just be able to compete against each other. We know it’s not real football, but at the same time, we get that mental aspect where we can go through our plays and fit things Justin Smoak Jersey  up. The DBs can chase receivers and stay on top like they always do, we can get our run fits going. So it felt good to put together the plays we’ve been going over.”

On the defensive side of the ball, Wright noted that one priority is building chemistry following the loss of several starters, though he did point out that despite some big-name departures, what is taking place now is an annual process regardless of who comes and goes during an offseason.

“We’ve got to get that chemistry,” Wright said. “This is where teams are made. We’ve got to get that chemistry started. I’ve got to learn guys, learn how my D-line moves, watch these rookie linebackers to make sure they know what they’re doing, know what’s going on, coach them up. This is where championship teams are made.

“I think people are more surprised because of the big names, but this turnover happens every year. This happens every year. Every time you’ve got to replace guys and rebuild that chemistry, so it’s definitely not a big deal, we’ve just got to find ways to get better.”

On offense, players are adjusting this offseason to a new coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer, and offensive line coach, Mike Solari, but so far that process is going well.

“I don’t think it’s too much of an adjustment,” receiver Tyler Lockett said. “The coaches did a good job in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of giving us the playbook in a specific order that allowed us to be able to study the way we needed to study to understand the system and the scheme. For Day 1, of course there were some mistakes because it’s new, but I think we were farther along than we probably thought we would be in learning the new playbook.”

And while coaching changes means some extra learning this offseason, it also can help reenergize the team.

“I think all of our mindsets are the same as they’ve been as far as our expectations of ourselves, of the group, of the team, and what we want to accomplish this summer before we get to the season,” Britt said. “But I feel like everyone’s just more tuned in because it’s something new. If you’re doing the same thing over and over and over, it can become kind of repetitive and you maybe don’t dig into as much. Having a change of pace with a new O-line coach and a new Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey  OC kind of adds the excitement of getting out there and actually doing it.”

Seahawks 2018 Organized Team Activities: Day 1

The Seahawks kicked off Phase 3 of their voluntary offseason workout program on Monday, May 21, holding the first of 10 Organized Team Activities (OTAs) at Renton’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center.



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Wednesda Joe Carter Throwback Jersey y Round-Up: CBS Sports Lists Shaquill Griffin As A Potential 2018 Breakout Player

Good morning, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today — Wednesday, May 23 — about your Seattle Seahawks:

​2018 Breakout Players

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports put together a list of 10 players he believes are ready to take a big step forward next year in NFL. The players included are entering their second or third seasons in the league.

Among the 10 named was Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who had a productive rookie season under head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schne Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey ider. Prisc Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey o likes what Griffin adds to the Seahawks’ secondary, one that moved on from cornerback Richard Sherman during the offseason: 

“Richard Sherman is gone, which means it’s Griffin’s time to take over as the top corner in Seattle. Griffin started 11 games as a rookie and did a really nice job in coverage. With another season under his belt, he will be even better as the team’s top corner. He’s a good tackler, as well, which is a must in Seattle’s scheme for the corners. His brother, Shaquem, will get most of the attention after being drafted by the Seahawks last month, but Shaquill is the brother to watch on the field this season.”

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Today’s “Social Post of the Day” comes from Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor:

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​More From Around The Web

NFL owners approved a change to kickoffs next season.

John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle believes the new kickoff change will benefit the Seahawks.

Finally, the city of Nashville was picked to host the 2019 NFL Draft.

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The Seahawks have promoted Nolan Teasley to director of pro Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey  personnel, general manager John Schneider announced Friday. Teasley, who most recently held the title of assistant director of pro personnel, takes over for Dan Morgan, who earlier this month joined the Buffalo Bills as their director of player personnel.

“We are extremely excited to be able to promote Nolan Teasley into his new role as director of pro perso Joe Carter Jersey nnel,” Schneider said. “Nolan started as an intern with us and has continually impressed with his football knowledge and work ethic. We will all miss Dan Morgan but we are very pleased to be able to have Nolan step forward into his new role.”

Teasley is a 2007  Justin Smoak Jersey graduate of Central Washington University, where he played running back for the Wildcats. After working in c Joe Carter Throwback Jersey orporate marketing after college, Teasley got his start in scouting with the help of fellow Central alum and Seahawks scout Aaron Hineline, who helped Teasley land a job as a scouting intern with the Seahawks in 2013. He was then hired as a pro personnel scout in 2014 before moving up to assistant director of pro personnel last year.

Tuesday Round- Joe Carter Throwback Jersey Up: Russell Wilson No. 81 On ESPN’s World Fame 100

Good afternoon, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s “out there” for today — Tuesday, May 22 — about your Seattle Seahawks

Wilson Makes ESPN’s World Fame 100

ESPN released its annual rankings of the biggest names in sports Tuesday morning with the 2018 World Fame 100 list. The rankings are generated by ESPN’s Sports Analytics Group that factors in search score (how often their name is searched), endorsement money and social media followers.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was named on the list for the third year in row, coming in at No. 81. Below is ESPN’s explanation for his ranking. You can check out the full list here.

“Year after year, Russell Wilson proves he is one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL. Last season, he became the fastest quarterback in the Super Bowl-era to reach 150 passing touchdowns and 3,000 rushing yards, while leading the league in TD passes and his team in rushing. If that’s not enough, Wilson also added this to his growing list of titles: founder. Along with investors including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, he created TraceMe in 2017, a company that aims to connect celebrities with Justin Smoak Jersey  fans. He’s an NFL star, rising entrepreneur and new dad — he and singer Ciara welcomed their first child in February. Wilson’s star is only rising.”

​Social Post Of The Day

Today’s “Social Post of the Day” comes from Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner:

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​More From Around The Web

The Seahawks kicked  Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey off OTAs yesterday.

Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times answered questions from readers about George Fant’s recovery and more.

Finally, Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle gave his take on the challenge Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey s for Brian Schottenheimer and Ken Norton Jr. this upcoming season.

Seahawks Announce Dates For Annual 12 Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey Tour

RENTON, Wash. – The Seahawks are hitting the road next week May 20-26 for their annual 12 Tour, presented by Safeway. Fans are encouraged to keep an eye out for players, Sea Gals, mascots Blitz & Boom, and more as they make stops at various locations around the Pacific Northwest. Stops on the schedule include Chehalis, North Bend, Port Angeles and Olympia.

The Seahawks crew will also be making several surprise visits to various Starbucks locations throughout the state, as well as to schools in Coulee City, Shelton, Bremerton and more. 

With each stop on this year’s 12 Tour, the Seahawks will not only surprise some of the team’s biggest fans, but share incredible fan stories in a 12-video series, to be released beginning June 4 on and the team’s social media channels. For live updates from the tour, follow @12s on Twitter and Instagram, @seahawks on Snapchat or #12Tour. 

Fans are invited to join the fun at public stops, including:

Port Angeles: Olympic Peninsula Sea Hawkers Chapter Event
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Date/Time: Thursday, May 24 from 7-9 p.m.
Description: Join the Olympic Peninsula Sea Hawkers at their new 2018 season gathering place, The Front Street Alibi. The Seahawks will celebrate with a special 12 Flag raising, Seahawks trivia, tailgate games, giveaways and more. 

Olympia: Blue Friday Rally
Location: Flag Circle – 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98504
Date/Time: Friday, May 25 from 1-1:30 p.m.
Description: Celebrate with a special Blue Friday rally at the State Capitol in Olympia. Join Gee Scott, DJ SupaSam, Blitz, Blue Thunder, Sea Gals and some surprise Seahawks players at this exciting rally for the 12s. 

Snohomish: Gatorade Youth Football Camp
Location: Snohomish High School – 1316 5th St, Snohomish, WA 98290
Date/Time: Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. – noon
Description: The Seahawks will host a two-hour Gatorade skills camp for 12-14-year-olds. Seahawks players and Blitz will participate in football drills with kids, and participants and their families will receive fun Seahawks giveaways. Register today at: 

For more information on the 12 Tour, visit

NFL Considering Changes To Kickoff Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey Rules

When NFL owners meet at next week’s spring league meetings in Atlanta, one of the topics on the agenda will be proposed changes to the kickoff rules.

The league has made a few changes to the kickoff rules in the past—such as moving the spot of the kickoff and eliminating the three-man wedge—and like those changes, these proposed new rules would be made in the name of improving player safety.

NFL vice president of football commu Justin Smoak Canada Day Jersey nications Michael Signora provided a breakdown of the proposed changes on Twitter this week:

Here are a few of the significant changes:

  • “All kicking team players other than the kicker must be lined up and remain in their established position no more than one yard behind their restraining line (the 35-yard line)” This means kick coverage teams, which used to line up five yards from the restraining line, will no longer have a running start, which in theory should lead to fewer violent high-speed collision.
  • On the receiving team, “at least eight players must be positioned between their restraining line and a spot 15 yards behind their restraining line (the setup zone.” This would move more blockers closer to the kickoff instead of having players further back to block, again a m Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey ove that would eliminate some full-speed collisions.
  • Wedge blocks are no longer allowed. Previously two-man wedges had been legal.
  • A kickoff that lands in the end zone is immediately ruled a touchback. In the past, a returner would have to down the ball for it to be touchback.

Seahawk Russell Martin Canada Day Jersey s Sign WR Keenan Reynolds And LB Dadi Nicolas

The Seahawks added a pair of players to their roster Thursday, signing linebacker Dadi Nicolas and receiver Keenan Reynolds. Defensive ends Marcell Frazier and Noble Nwachukwu were waived to make room on the 90-man roster.

Reynolds, 23, was a 2016 sixth-round pick out of Navy, where he played quarterback for the Midshipmen. The 5-foot-10, 191-pound Reynolds finished his college career with an FBS record 88 career rushing touchdowns and 4,559 rushing yards, an FBS record for a quarterback. After making the move to receiver with the Ravens, Reynolds spent his rookie season on Baltimore’s practice squad, then spent part of the 2017 season on Washington’s practice squad.

Nicolas, 25, was also a 2016 sixth-rounder, going to Kansas City where as a rookie he appeared in 11 games, primarily on special teams. Nicolas, who is 6-3, 239 pounds, finished his rookie season on injured reserve with a patellar tendon injury that caused him to miss the 2017 season. He was released earlier this month by the Chiefs.

Frazier signed with the Seahawks earlier this month as an undrafted rookie out of Missouri, while Nwachukwu first joined the Seahawks as a member of the practice squad last season, then signed a futures contract in January.

The Seahawks also signed two more of their 2018 draft picks, linebacker Shaquem Griffin and cornerback Tre Flowers. With first-round pick Rashaad Penny signing Wednesday, the Seahawks now have eight of their nine picks under contract, with only defensive end Rasheem Green remaining unsigned.

Seahawks Offseason Workout Program: May 15

Photos from Phase 2 of the Seahawks’ 2018 offseason workout program on May 15, 2018 at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.



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