Cortez Kennedy, John Randle among Hall of Fame finalists

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Former Seahawk defensive tackles Cortez Kennedy and John Randle are among the 17 finalists who will be considered for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this month.

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Kennedy played defensive tackle from 1990 to 2000 with the Seahawks and in 1992 was named the league’s defensive player of the year. Kennedy and safety Kenny Easley are the only two Seahawks ever named the league’s top defensive player.

Kennedy’s eight Pro Bowl selections were the most in franchise history prior to Walter Jones, who was named to his ninth Pro Bowl this season.

Randle played with the Seahawks from 2001 to 2003, coming to Seattle after being a six-time Pro Bowler with Minnesota. Randle made the Pro Bowl in 2001, his first season with the Seahawks.

Randle is one of four finalists being considered in their first year of Hall of Fame eligibility. The other three are Shannon Sharpe, Rod Woodson and Bruce Smith.

The hall’s board of selectors will meet in Florida on Jan. 31, 2009, the week before the Super Bowl. A finalist needs at least 80 percent of the vote to earn induction into the Hall of Fame.