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NFL mourns loss of Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy

The NFL world was rocked on Tuesday when Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy passed away at the age of 48.

Former teammates, rivals, and many others took to social media to show just how much the 2012 Hall of Fame inductee meant to them and the game they all love.

Kennedy played his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks. They tweeted out a heartfelt tribute to one of the franchise’s most iconic players, saying that they “are proud to have been represented by such a special person.”

The Seahawks selected Kennedy third overall in the 1990 NFL Draft. Prior to his time in Seattle, Kennedy was a standout at the University of Miami, where he was named an All American in 1989 and helped win National Championships in 1987 and 1989.

The U also expressed its condolences.

Jimmy Johnson recruited Kennedy to Miami and coached him before leaving to become the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. He expressed his sadness on Twitter as well.

Of course, it wasn’t just old teams and teammates. For years, the Denver Broncos of John Elway and Shannon Sharpe battled Kennedy’s Seahawks in the AFC West. Both men paid tribute to their fellow Hall of Famer.

Other NFL luminaries to chime in include both Kevin Mawae and Warren Moon, who played with and against Kennedy in the NFL.

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Kennedy’s reach extended beyond his own era of players. Fellow Miami alum Reggie Wayne, as well as current Seahawks Kam Chancellor and Cassius Marsh all shared their grief.

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Other former Seahawks, including Brock Huard, Matt Hasselbeck, and Brian Bosworth all expressed their condolences.

Last but certainly not least, the NFL paid tribute by saying that Kennedy’s “legacy will live on forever” and shared a part of his Hall of Fame speech.