12 results for tag: pro football hall of fame


A Visit with Kenny Easley

A strong safety for the Seahawks for 7 seasons (1981-1987), Easley's impact on how to play defense in the NFL was immense, earning AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 1981, and he was the AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1983. He was also a first-team All-Pro in the 1982 to 1985 seasons, a 5-time Pro Bowl selection (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988), and was named to the NFL's 1980s All-Decade team. Easley was inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor in 2002, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017. The Seahawks retired his #45 jersey on October 1, 2017.

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Kenny Easley’s Number Retirement

Seahawks Legend Kenny Easley had the honor of having his #45 retired at halftime of the Seahawks-Colts game on October 1, 2017. His was the 5th number to be retired by the Seahawks in team history, and he also received his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring during the ceremony. Alongside Kenny were fellow Hall of Fame members Steve Largent, Walter Jones, and Courtney Kennedy, who represented her late father Cortez Kennedy.

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Legends in 2018 Hall of Fame?

The Modern-Era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 have been announced, comprised of 108 players and coaches. Among those players and coaches are a number of Legends who played for the Seahawks and also coached from the sidelines: Players Steve Hutchinson - Guard Seattle Seahawks (2001–2005) Minnesota Vikings (2006–2011) Tennessee Titans (2012) Edgerrin James - Running Back Indianapolis Colts (1999–2005) Arizona Cardinals (2006–2008) Seattle Seahawks (2009) Kevin Mawae - Center/Guard (also finalist in 2017) Seattle Seahawks (1994–1997) New York Jets (1998–2005) Tennessee Titans (2006–2009) K...

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Kenny Easley’s Enshrinement Speech

Well, good evening! To all the family and friends and lovers of football all across America, and the world, thank you for being here today. I'd like to start by sharing a passage from the Bible that I've leaned on and counted on, and trusted with all certainty through the years. And that would be Philippians 4 and 6, and it says: be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication. With thanks giving, let your request be known to God. I was first nominated for the Hall in 1997; twenty years later, be anxious for nothing. The Hall of Fame was dropped on the shoulders of Kenny Easley like a pair of shoulder pads. Some folks ...

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Kenny Easley’s Hall of Fame Party

What better way to wrap up a parade and get ready for an enshrinement speech than to hold a party. That's what Kenny Easley did Saturday, with a bevy of former teammates, family and friends on hand to help him celebrate his Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement. Former teammates on hand at the party included: Kerry Justin, John Harris, Eugene Robinson, Jacob Green, Paul Johns, Dave Krieg, and Manu Tuiasosopo. With just a few hours to go until he would be center stage delivering his speech, Kenny was decked out looking like a new member of The Avengers - "The Enforcer." (all photos by Corky Trewin) " order_by="sortorder" order_direc...

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Kenny Easley’s Hall of Fame Parade

Kenny Easley was up bright and early Saturday morning for the Canton Repository Grand Parade, held in downtown Canton, Ohio. More than 200,000 spectators lined Cleveland Avenue to welcome the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 enshrinees, along with many returning Gold Jackets. Kenny rode in a Chevy Camaro alongside Tommy Rhodes, who will present him Saturday evening prior to Kenny's enshrinement speech. Right behind Kenny in the parade route were his family members, all decked out in Seahawks colors. The Class of 2017 Enshrinement Ceremony begins at 4:00 pm PT Saturday, and will be carried live on the NFL Network and ESPN. (...

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A Gold Jacket for Kenny Easley

Kenny Easley and his fellow members of the Class of 2017 were front and center in Canton, Ohio, Friday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Gold Jacket Ceremony. Each was introduced by program host Rich Eisen of ESPN, and then they ran a gauntlet of congratulations from Hall of Fame members on their way to the main stage. Kenny exchanged hugs with fellow Seahawks Legends/Hall of Fame members Steve Largent and Walter Jones on his way down the line, as well as from Warren Moon. And as a special tribute, all Hall of Fame members present wore #96 buttons on their jackets in memory of Cortez Kennedy, who passed away in May. " order_by="sortorder" ...

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Kenny Easley Leads HoF Speakers

Seahawks Legend Kenny Easley will be the first speaker at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Enshrinement ceremonies. Kenny will be center stage when the program begins at 4:00 pm PT on Saturday, August 5, in Canton Ohio. It will be carried live by ESPN and the NFL Network. Steve Largent and Walter Jones will join more than 120 returning Hall of Famers expected to be on stage to welcome Kenny and the newest members to the Hall of Fame fraternity. A tribute is expected for Seahawks Legend Hall of Fame member Cortez Kennedy, who passed away in May. Kenny Easley and the 2017 Hall of Fame Class get the "knock on the door."

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Kenny Easley’s “Hallelujah!” on Making the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Kenny Easley was watching TV in his Chesapeake, Virginia, home six months ago when he suddenly began gasping for breath. He thought the sensation would pass, but when it didn’t, his wife insisted that he go to the hospital. Hours later, specialists did a routine cardiac catheterization to diagnose if there was a blockage. “We’re going to fix whatever we find,” Easley recalled a doctor telling him confidently. But minutes after starting, doctors stopped and delivered unexpected news for a 57-year-old lifelong athlete: He needed triple bypass surgery right away. “I was stunned,” said Easley, now 58 . “Not my heart. Maybe ...

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Kenny Easley Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

And Kenny Easley now makes it an even four Seahawks Legends in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame's selection committee today officially transitioned Easley from "senior finalist" to "Class of 2017." He will join his former teammate, Steve Largent, who was enshrined in the Hall in 1995, as well as Seahawks Legends Cortez Kennedy (enshrined in 2012), and Walter Jones (enshrined in 2014). "I'm enormously grateful for this opportunity," said Easley on his selection. "To be reconsidered after 20 years, I'm glad it happened now, because I feel that if it had happened in 1997, I wouldn't be as grateful as I am right ...

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