The name Cortez Kennedy has always been present around the Seahawks organization since the Hall of Famer retired after the 2000 season. Now the man will become an even more relevant figure after the organization announced him as a Seahawks ambassador on Friday.
In a release, the Seahawks said Kennedy will “represent the Seahawks in community outreach appearances and support corporate partnership, suite sales and other entertainment events.”
Kennedy is also in the Seahawks Ring of Honor.
Here is the full release from the Seahawks:
Renton, Wash. - Pro Football Hall of Famer and Seahawks Ring of Honor member Cortez Kennedy has been named Seahawks Ambassador, the team announced today.
In this role, Kennedy will represent the Seahawks in community outreach appearances and support corporate partnership, suite sales and other entertainment events.
“I want to thank Paul Allen, Peter McLoughlin, John Schneider and Pete Carroll for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful organization again. I was so blessed to play my entire career in the great northwest,” said Kennedy. “I look forward to representing the Seahawks in the community and giving back to the 12th Man for the support they have given me all these years.”
Kennedy, who is one of three players to have his Seahawks jersey number retired, ranks among the top-10 in many Seahawks record categories, including: eighth in games played (167), seventh in games started (153), eighth in tackles (668), fourth in sacks (58.0), fourth in sack yardage (390.5), fourth in forced fumbles (13), and second in Pro Bowl nominations (8).
“We believe it is important to embrace our past and engage our community,” said President Peter McLoughlin. “Adding Cortez as Seahawks Ambassador accomplishes both. He played his entire career here, represents us in the Hall of Fame, and has a tremendous connection with our fan base – this is a good fit.”
The three-time All-Pro was the 1992 AP Defensive Player of the Year after he set career-highs in tackles (93) and sacks (14.0) on a 2-14 team. He was the 10th member inducted in to the team’s Ring of Honor on September 17, 2006 and was inducted in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 4, 2012.