Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy has passed away at 48 years old. According to TMZ, the Orlando Police Department has confirmed the death of the former NFL player noting “nothing suspicious” about Kennedy’s passing. The cause of death is unknown at this time, but Heavy will have further details as they are released.
Kennedy was a widely popular player in Seattle where he played his entire career as a Seahawk. According to 247 Sports, Kennedy’s number was retired by the Seahawks and is part of Seattle’s ring of honor. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. He was originally from Wilson, Ark. and attended the University of Miami.
According to The New York Times, Kennedy spent time as an adviser for the New Orleans Saints. Saints GM Mickey Loomis spoke to The New York Times about Kennedy’s impact.
“He doesn’t have an official title, but I like having him around because he’s a good role model,” Loomis told The New York Times. “This is a guy who had a lot of success, was able to protect what he earned, lived a good lifestyle and has done well 15 years after his career ended.”
Loomis named Kennedy his son’s godfather. After Kennedy’s playing days were through, he moved back to Arkansas to raise his daughter but the family decided to move to Orlando to avoid the spotlight Kennedy received back home.