Pro Football Hall of Fame voters snubbed former Seahawk defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy for a third time Saturday night. Kennedy, who played for Seattle from 1990-2000, has been a finalist in each of the past three years, but has failed to gain enough support for induction into the Canton, OH., shrine despite his remarkable resume.
The 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame class announced Saturday included Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Shannon Sharpe, Richard Dent, Les Richter, Chris Hanburger and Ed Sabol, who pioneered NFL Films.
Snubbed along with Kennedy: Curtis Martin, Dermontti Dawson, Andre Reed and Willie Roaf.
Kennedy earned eight Pro Bowl invitations during the 1990s, a total matched by a defensive lineman during that decade by only Reggie White and Bruce Smith.
Kennedy was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s, along with John Randle, Bryant Young and Warren Sapp.
Kennedy was selected the 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year on a team that won just two games. Only Kennedy, White and Lawrence Taylor won that award while playing on losing teams.
Since sacks beca me an official NFL statistic in 1982, only Kennedy and former Dallas great Randy White ended their careers with at least 150 starts, 50 sacks and eight Pro Bowl appearances. White entered the Hall of Fame in 1994.