Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy found dead

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Kennedy died alone, according to police.

The 6-foot-3 Mr. Kennedy, played at about 300 pounds.

The legendary defensive tackle was notably inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in 2012 alongside Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf. The Seahawks ultimately retired his number, #96, in 2012. Loomis worked for the Seahawks for 15 years before coming to New Orleans in 2002, and he grew to be close friends with Kennedy in Seattle. Cortez Kennedy's cause of death is not known yet but is being investigated.

Apart from Kennedy's mother and stepfather, he is survived by his daughter, Courtney. "I felt so bad for Coach [Tom] Flores being the head coach, because we had zero offense". I work hard every day to get better, and I get smarter and wiser. He will be missed by everyone, certainly myself included.

Before the NFL, Kennedy was an All-America honoree at the University of Miami and helped lead the Hurricanes to their 1989 national championship team.

One of the NFL's most feared defensive linemen has passed away much too soon.

Former Seahawk quarterback Jim Zorn tweeted, "In 1990 Seahawks draft Cortez Kennedy 3rd overall". "On behalf of the Hall of Fame Board of Trustees, Cortez's fellow Hall of Famers, and our staff, we extend our heatfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans".

He was named to eight Pro Bowls which included six in a row from 1991 to 1996. He was also selected for the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s. Off the field, Kennedy never met a person who was a stranger.

For many seasons of his career, Kennedy was the reason the Seahawks were relevant.

"The only thing Tez wanted to do was go fishing and go hunting". He touched many lives and was always willing to take a young guy under his wing and share his wisdom of the game.

Like McAllister, Saints owners Tom and Gayle Benson considered Kennedy like family.

His family members are now traveling to the area.

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