Kenny Easley was taken by the Seahawks as the fourth pick in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft, and he would go on to play seven seasons as a strong safety with the team.
He became an immediate starter as a rookie, recording three interceptions for 155 yards and one touchdown, earning him AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. In 1983, his first season playing for new head coach Chuck Knox, Easley won the AFC Defensive Player of the Year Award and recorded seven interceptions. In 1984, Easley led the NFL in interceptions with ten – which tied a team record – returning two of them for touchdowns. He was named as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts.
On November 4, 1984, during a 45–0 win against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Seahawks returned four interceptions for touchdowns, including one caught and returned by Easley, breaking the NFL record for most touchdowns scored from an interception in a game.
Easley had 32 interceptions for 538 yards and three touchdowns in his seven years (1981-1987) with the Seahawks.
Among his honors and awards: five-time Pro Bowl selection (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987), four-time first-team All-Pro (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985), NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1984), NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. He was also a member of the Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team (2010).
Easley was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 5, 2017, joining former teammate Steve Largent, as well as Walter Jones and the late Cortez Kennedy.