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Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Kennedy, Craig and the Hall of Fame

By Mike Sando

Posted by's Mike Sando

Longtime Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy made the cut of 17 finalists for the 2009 Hall of Fame class. Linebacker Kevin Greene (Rams), running back Roger Craig (49ers), pass-rusher Charles Haley (49ers) were among the semifinalists missing the cut this time.

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 In 11 seasons with the Seahawks, Cortez Kennedy amassed 58 sacks.

A quick look at finalists with current or past ties to the Rams, 49ers, Cardinals and Seahawks:

Of the six, only Kennedy will be remembered for his career with a team currently aligned in the NFC West. The 49ers have certainly had an appreciation for stars from other teams. Dent, Hayes and Woodson were three of the best.

I would have no problem with any of the 17 finalists earning enshrinement. I'd be interested in hearing the cases for and against Craig, Greene and Haley. We discussed Craig previously. I have advocated Kennedy. More info on the semifinalists here.