|Height:||191 cm (6' 4'')|
|Birth Day:||August 23, 1968|
|Height:||191 cm (6' 4'')|
|Eye Color:||Dark Brown|
|Hair Color:||N/A (Bald)|
He played college football at the University of Miami, before being selected third overall in the 1990 NFL draft.
Kennedy was born in Osceola, Arkansas, but grew up in Wilson, Arkansas. He graduated from Rivercrest High School in Wilson, Arkansas, and attended Northwest Mississippi Community College before being awarded a football scholarship to the University of Miami, where he was named an All-American in 1989.
He was the third overall selection in the 1990 draft by the Seahawks, and was unsigned until two days before the beginning of the season. Kennedy was named to the Pro Bowl in 1991. In 1992, having recorded 14 quarterback sacks, he received the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press despite the Seahawks 2–14 record. He switched his jersey number to 99 that season in honor of close friend Jerome Brown, and was named First- or Second-team All-Pro five times.
Kennedy retired after the 2000 season. In 167 games with Seattle, he recorded 668 tackles, 58 sacks, and three interceptions. He announced his retirement in August 2002 after sitting out the 2001 season. He was given several offers by other teams, but wanted to finish his career in Seattle. He is generally considered one of the best defensive tackles to ever play the position in the NFL. He was a semi-finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008, as well as a finalist in 2009 and 2011, eventually being elected to the Hall as a member of the 2012 induction class. He was the second Hall of Famer to earn his credentials primarily as a Seahawk.
Kennedy was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
In 2006, Kennedy was inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor. His jersey number, 96, was retired by the Seahawks during a game against the New England Patriots on October 14, 2012.
In 2007, Kennedy was named the best athlete ever to wear the number 96 by SI.com.
Kennedy died on May 23, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. He was 48 years old. According to police, Kennedy was alone when he died. In the days leading up to his death, Kennedy had experienced symptoms of heart failure, including swollen legs and dizziness, which led to him being hospitalized. Following his death, the main drag in Wilson, Arkansas was named for him.
Cortez was born in Osceola, Arkansas.
Currently, Cortez Kennedy is 53 years, 11 months and 16 days old. Cortez Kennedy will celebrate 54th birthday on a Tuesday 23rd of August 2022. Below we countdown to Cortez Kennedy upcoming birthday.
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