Seahawks in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Enshrined in 1995

Steve’s Enshrinement Speech

Full Name: Stephen Michael Largent
Birthdate: September 28, 1954
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma
High School: Putnam City (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 28, 1995
Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 29, 1995
Pro Career: 14 seasons, 200 games
Drafted: 4th round (117th overall) in 1976 by Houston

ProFootball_logo140Steve Largent, a 5-11, 187-pound wide receiver with only average size and speed but armed with exceptional determination and concentration, became one of history’s most outstanding pass catchers during his 14-season, 200-game career with the Seattle Seahawks from 1976 to 1989.

At the time of his retirement, he held six major career pass receiving records – most receptions (819), most consecutive games with a reception (177), most yards on receptions (13,089), most touchdowns on receptions (100), most seasons with 50 or more receptions (10) and most seasons with 1,000 yards or more on receptions (8). All this by a receiver who the Houston Oilers thought was too small and slow to make it in the pros.

Largent attended the University of Tulsa, where he was an All-Missouri Valley Conference star with 103 receptions his final two seasons. He was the fourth-round pick of the Oilers and the 117th player taken in the 1976 National Football League Draft. He played only four preseason games with Houston before being traded to the expansion Seahawks for an eighth-round draft pick. It was the catch of the century for Seattle. Largent became an almost instant star with the Seahawks with 54 receptions, third best in the NFC, in his rookie season.

He led the AFC with 71 receptions in 1978 and he had five other seasons with 70 or more receptions. The sure-handed receiver, who ran nearly perfect pass routes, also led the NFL in pass-receiving yardage in 1979 and 1985. An All-Pro choice in 1983, 1985, and 1987, he was also named All-AFC three times and selected for seven Pro Bowls in a ten-season span between 1978 and 1987.

Seemingly indestructible, Steve missed only four games because of injuries his first 13 seasons. An NFL Man of the Year winner in 1988, Largent also was a positive force off the field.

People magazine named Largent to its 1996 list of “Most Beautiful People,” and in 1999 he was ranked number 46 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

Pro Bowls
(7) – 1978, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987

Seahawks Records Held by Largent
Seattle Seahawks all-time leader in receiving yards, receptions & receiving touchdowns

Awards & Honors
• AP First-Team All-Pro (1985)
• 4× AP Second-Team All-Pro (1978, 1979, 1984, 1987)
• NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
• Walter Payton Man of the Year (1988)
• Bart Starr Man of the Year Award (1988)
• Seahawks Ring of Honor (1995)
• Seattle Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team (2010)

Enshrined in 2012

Cortez’s Enshrinement Speech

Full name: Cortez Kennedy
Birthdate: August 23, 1968
Birthplace: Osceola, Arkansas
High School: Rivercrest (Wilson, Arkansas)
Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: February 4, 2012
Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 4, 2012
Pro Career: 11 Seasons, 167 Games
Drafted: 1st round (3rd overall) in 1990 by Seattle

ProFootball_logo140The Seattle Seahawks used the third overall selection of the 1990 NFL Draft on All-America defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy from the University of Miami (FL). The move proved to be wise as Kennedy became a fixture on the Seahawks defensive line for 11 seasons. Extremely durable, he did not miss a single game until his eighth season.

In his rookie season, Kennedy played in all 16 games, two of which were starts. He produced impressive numbers including a season-high 10 tackles and a sack against the Miami Dolphins. For his efforts, he was named to the NFL’s All-Rookie team.

The following season Kennedy moved into a full-time starting role at right defensive tackle for the Seahawks and responded by earning his first Pro Bowl berth. In 1992, despite the Seahawks finishing with a disappointing 2-14 record, Kennedy was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year. It marked just the third time in league history that a player from a losing team won the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year Award. He led Seattle that season with a career-high 14 sacks, the most of any interior lineman, and also recorded a career-best 92 tackles, recovered one fumble and batted down two passes.

Although he was often double- or even triple-teamed Kennedy managed to lead or rank near the top in tackles each season. In 1996, he was voted to a team record sixth consecutive Pro Bowl and also was named the team’s MVP and the winner of the Steve Largent Award given to the player that best exemplified the spirit, dedication and integrity of the Seahawks. He added two more Pro Bowls following the 1998 and 1999 seasons.

Kennedy recorded one of his finest seasons in 1999. A ten-year veteran, he started all 16 games, recorded 73 tackles, 6.5 sacks and intercepted two passes to help the Seahawks reach the playoffs for the first time since 1988.

In all, he registered 58 sacks, intercepted three passes and scored one touchdown on a fumble recovery during his 167-game career. He twice led the team in sacks (1992 and 1995).

Aside from his eight Pro Bowls, Kennedy was named first-team All-NFL in 1992, 1993 and 1994, selected second-team All-Pro twice, All-AFC four times and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s.

Kennedy died on May 23, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. He was 48.

Pro Bowls
(8) – 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000

Team Records
Seahawks’ records held by Kennedy
(Records through the 2000 season, Kennedy’s final season with Seattle)
• (3rd) Most Consecutive Games Played – 116 (1990-1997)

Team Statistical Championships
Sack Titles: 1992, 1995

Awards and Honors
• 1990s All-Decade Team
• 1992 Defensive Player of the Year (AP, PW)
• Seattle Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team (2010)
• Seahawks Ring of Honor (2006)

Enshrined in 2014

Walter’s Enshrinement Speech

Full Name: Walter Junior Jones
Birthdate: January 19, 1974
Birthplace: Aliceville, Alabama
High School: Aliceville (Alabama)
Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: February 1, 2014
Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 2, 2014
Pro Career: 12 seasons, 180 games
Drafted: 1st round (6th player overall) in 1997 by Seattle

ProFootball_logo140The Seattle Seahawks traded up in the 1997 NFL Draft in order to select Florida State tackle Walter Jones as the sixth overall pick. The move paid off over the next 12 seasons as he solidified himself as the cornerstone of the Seahawks offensive line while becoming one of the finest tackles in the NFL.

His ability on the football field was evident from the start. He earned the starting left tackle spot during his rookie training camp, was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in October, and selected as a consensus pick for multiple all-rookie teams that year. Jones provided blindside protection for quarterback Warren Moon as the Seahawks topped the NFL in total passing yards that season.

Following the 1999 season, Jones became the first offensive linemen in Seahawks history to be elected to the Pro Bowl. It marked the first of a team-record nine All-Star nods he received in his career.

His level of play continued to escalate and in 2001 he was recognized with his first selection as a first-team All-Pro. Highlights that season included Jones and his line mates opening holes for Shaun Alexander’s 266-yard day that, at the time, was the fourth highest single-game rushing total in league history. Jones earned first-team All-Pro honors five more times (2002, 2004-07).

Seattle possessed what was arguably the NFL’s finest left side at the time with Jones entrenched at tackle alongside perennial Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson. A team leader, Jones was an integral part of Alexander’s MVP season in 2005. Jones helped his running back chalk up a franchise-record and league-high 1,880 yards while establishing the then NFL mark for touchdowns in a season (28) as Seattle led the NFL in scoring with 452 points.

Jones’ team-record 10 playoff starts included the 2005 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XL. In all, he played in 180 regular season games during his career. He was a first-team selection of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Pro Bowls
(9) – 2000, 2002, 2003*, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008*, 2009* (*Did not play)

Team Records
Seahawks records held by Jones (Records through the 2008 season, Jones’ final season with Seattle)
• (2nd) Most Games Started, Career – 180

Postseason Records
• (1st) Most Games Played, Career – 10
• (1st) Most Games Started, Career – 10

Awards and Honors
• NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s
• Seattle Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team (2010)
• Seahawks Ring of Honor (2014)

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Walter Jones, Steve Largent and Cortez Kennedy

Kenny Easley (safety, 1981-1987) will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 5, 2017.

Also in the Hall are other players and two members from the Seahawks coaching staff and front office who spent part of their pro careers with the Seahawks, but were enshrined representing other teams where they spent the majority of their careers:

Jack Christiansen – Assistant Coach/Defensive Backs (1978-1982) – enshrined in 1970

Mike McCormack – President & General Manager (1982-1989), Coach (1982) – enshrined in 1984

Franco Harris – Running Back (1984) – enshrined in 1984

Carl Eller – Defensive End (1979) – enshrined in 2005

Warren Moon – Quarterback (1997-1998) – enshrined in 2006

John Randle – Defensive Tackle (2001-2003) – enshrined in 2010

Jerry Rice – Wide Receiver (2004) – enshrined in 2010