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
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
Steve 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.
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)
• Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team (2010)
Enshrined in 2012
Cortez’s Enshrinement Speech
Full name: Cortez Kennedy Birthdate: August 23, 1968 Birthplace: Osceola, Arkansas Date of Death: May 23, 2017 Place of Death: Orlando, Florida 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
The 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.
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
The 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.
(9) – 2000, 2002, 2003*, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008*, 2009* (*Did not play)
Seahawks records held by Jones (Records through the 2008 season, Jones’ final season with Seattle)
• (2nd) Most Games Started, Career – 180
• (1st) Most Games Played, Career – 10
• (1st) Most Games Started, Career – 10
Awards and Honors
• NFL All-Decade Team of 2000s
• Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team (2010)
• Seahawks Ring of Honor (2014)
Enshrined in 2017
Kenny’s Enshrinement Speech
Full Name: Kenneth Mason Easley Jr. Birthdate: January 15, 1959 Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia High School: Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Virginia) Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: February 4, 2017 Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 5, 2017 Pro Career: 7 Seasons, 89 Games Drafted: 1st round (4th overall) in 1981 by Seattle
Kenny Easley was selected in the first round, 4th overall, out of UCLA by the Seahawks in the 1981 NFL Draft. The Seahawks safety was an intimidating defensive force during his seven-year tenure in Seattle.
Easley made an immediate impact on the Seahawks’ defense, earning AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 1981 after returning three interceptions for 155 yards, including one for an 82-yard touchdown. He also made a career-high four fumble recoveries. Easley rightfully earned his nickname as “The Enforcer” for this style of play on the field.
An all-around great athlete, he continued to earn recognition for his abilities including AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1983. That season, he recorded seven interceptions which he returned for 106 yards and posted a career-high three sacks.
Easley was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1984 by the Associated Press when he registered a league-leading and career-best 10 interceptions and two pick-sixes. Easley earned first-team All-Pro honors in four straight seasons from 1982 to 1985.
During his career, Easley amassed 32 interceptions which he returned for 538 yards and three touchdowns in 89 career games. He was also a dominating tackler before the stat was readily tracked, and he had eight career sacks.
In all, Easley was named to five Pro Bowls and was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1980s, in addition to the many other honors he earned during his highly impactful career.
(5) – 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988
Seahawks Records Held by Easley (Records through the 1988 season, Easley’s final season with the Seahawks)
• (1st) Most Interceptions, Game – 3 (vs. San Diego, Oct. 29, 1984)
• (Tied for 1st) Most Interceptions, Season – 10 (1984)
• (Tied for 1st) Most Interceptions Returned for TD, Season – 2 (1984)
• (Tied for 1st) Most Consecutive Games with an Interception – 4 (1984)
• (3rd) Most Interceptions, Career – 32
Awards and Honors
• 1984 Defensive Player of the Year (AP)
• 1980s All-Decade Team
• Seahawks Ring of Honor (2002)
• Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team (2010)