Quiet Cortez Kennedy finally gets his Hall moment

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SEATTLE (AP) -- When his small hometown in northeastern Arkansas came to Cortez Kennedy and asked the newest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he would participate in a celebration to honor his latest football accomplishment, the soft-spoken defensive terror gave a brief answer that speaks to his simple nature.

Why?

The spotlight was never important to Kennedy. That's why being one of the most dominant defensive linemen of his time yet playing in a remote location like Seattle, and away from much of the national media attention, never bothered Kennedy.

He'll finally be forced to accept having all eyes on him on Saturday when Kennedy is inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Steve Largent as the second player to be enshrined in Canton after spending his entire career with the Seahawks.