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RIP Tez: Remembering One of the Truly Great Seahawks, and an Even Better Person Story originally published on May 23, 2017 on seahawks.com Cortez Kennedy was a big man with an even bigger heart. Always quick to make a joke, and even quicker to offer a smile and one of his trademark rumbling belly laughs, his death creates a huge hole in the hearts and minds of those who knew the Seahawks’ Hall of Fame defensive tackle. And, as former teammate and longtime friend Terry Wooden once said, just meeting Cortez was a prelude to not only knowing him, but becoming an instant friend. “And Tez met a lot of people — a lot,” is the way Wooden, the Seahawks’ former linebacker, put it. “So you can imagine how many friends he has, because everybody knows him and he knows everybody.” Kennedy, 48, was found dead at By Clare Farnsworth his home in Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday morning. The Orlando Police Department is investigating the cause, but a spokesman told The Associated Press that there is “nothing suspicious” about his death. Just sadness. In covering the Seahawks for 36 years, at the Seattle Post- Intelligencer and later for the Seahawks’ web site, I developed a rapport with several individuals that went beyond the player-reporter relationships — from Steve Largent, Jim Zorn and Sherman Smith in the franchise’s infancy seasons; to Chad Brown, Dave Wyman and Eugene Robinson as the Seahawks soared and then slumped in the 80s and 90s; to Matt Hasselbeck, Walter Jones, Lofa Tatupu and Jordan Babineaux on the Mike Holmgren-coached teams that had so much success in the 2000s; to Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin on the teams that finally became Super under coach Pete Carroll. But there was something truly special about the connection with Cortez. We actually discussed the roots of our relationship after his days as Hall of Fame player ended following the 2000 season, and he shifted seamlessly into the post-career role of Hall of Fame person. I suggested that it was Cortez’s knack of making everyone seem special. He countered that it was my ability to accept people as they are, and see past the obvious to the inner-being. 32


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