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Seahawks Safety Kenny Easley Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame By John Boyle Story originally published on February 4, 2017 on seahawks.com After a long wait, Kenny Easley finally earned his place in football immortality. The Seahawks safety who had a dominant career in the 1980s was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night. Easley was elected by the Seniors Committee, which reviews qualifications of players whose careers ended more than 25 years ago. He’ll be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on August 5 along with six other members of the 2017 class who were also elected Saturday: running back LaDainian Tomlinson, running back Terrell Davis, quarterback Kurt Warner, kicker Morten Andersen, defensive end Jason Taylor and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “I will never get this feeling out of my heart,” Easley said as he and the rest of this year’s Hall of Fame class addressed the media in Houston. Easley added that he appreciates this honor now more than he would have had he been elected when he was eligible two decades ago. “I’m enormously grateful for this opportunity,” Easley said. “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 now at age 58 for this to happen. So that means a great deal that it happened to me now.” Known as “The Enforcer” due to his physical, hard-hitting style of play, Easley arrived in Seattle as the No. 4 overall pick in the 1981 draft and immediately made an impact on the field. Easley earned Defensive Rookie of the Year honors after recording 107 tackles and three interceptions. Easley went on to earn NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1984 when he had a league-high 10 interceptions and 84 tackles, helping the Seahawks to the first 12-win season in franchise history. During a seven-season career that was cut short by a kidney ailment, Easley earned Pro Bowl honors five times and was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press three times. He was named to the 1980s All- 62


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