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NFL Hall Of Famer Cortez Kennedy Dead At 48 (Photo)

| by Jonathan Constante

NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy has died at age 48.

Kennedy spent 11 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and was selected for the Pro Bowl eight times, TMZ reported. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

The Orlando Police Department confirmed Kennedy's passing. They did not share any specific details, but did say "there is nothing suspicious" about his death.

TMZ also confirmed that family members are currently traveling to Orlando.

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"The entire Hall of Fame family is stunned and deeply saddened to learn the news of Cortez Kennedy's passing," Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker said in a statement. "Cortez will be remembered not only for all his great achievements on the football field but how he handled himself off the field.

"He epitomized the many great values this game teaches which serves as inspiration to millions of fans."

Fans of Kennedy honored the him at a special Hall of Fame traveling exhibit that opened at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, which featured a mold of Kennedy's right arm, KIRO News reported.

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Everett resident and Seahawks super fan Glenn Acheson said it was bittersweet being able to compare his bicep to one of the all-time greats.

“When he was on the field, he played with his heart,” Acheson told KIRO News. “And I modeled my game after him and it's so sad to see a great hero like him pass away.”

Kennedy's arm mold is just one of more than 200 featured objects in the "Gridiron Glory" traveling exhibit, which is based in Canton, Ohio. The exhibit only travels to two cities each year, including wherever the Super Bowl is being played.

“Just to see this stuff here, is like a kid's dream,” Acheson added. “I feel like I'm a little kid in a  candy store.”

Other Seahawks memorabilia at the exhibit can be found in a section called "Hometown Heroes." The section features everything from the shoes Pete Carroll wore when the Seahawks won the Super Bowl to the championship ring itself.

The exhibit also allows fans to put on helmets and listen to real NFL plays, try on shoulder pads and compare their grip to some the NFL's greatest quarterbacks of all time, like Warren Moon.

“It's not just standing and looking,” museum director Jennifer Kilmer told the news station. “It's also experiencing the life of a pro football player, which I think is super fun.”

In 1992, Kennedy recorded 14 sacks, 92 tackles and was awarded the title of NFL defensive player of the year, according to The Seattle Times.

Sources: TMZ, KIRO, The Seattle Times / Photo credit: Pixabay, Seahawks.com

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