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)