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As Kenny Easley stepped to the microphone for a roughly 1-minute speech at halftime of the Seahawks-Colts game on Oct. 1 to commemorate the official retiring of his jersey, the first thing he did was point to the rafters of CenturyLink Field where his No. 45 had just been unveiled.
With a powerful speech calling for “Team America” to be a place for inclusion and opportunity, LaDainian Tomlinson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. The 2017 roster of entrants into the shrine was deeply impressive: fellow running back Terrell Davis; quarterback Kurt Warner; defensive end Jason Taylor; safety Kenny Easley; placekicker Morten Andersen; and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Kenny Easley played seven incredible years as a safety for the Seattle Seahawks from 1981 to 1987 before a contentious ending to his career. On Saturday the five-time Pro Bowler and 1984 Defensive Player of the Year was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
On Saturday, Kenny Easley became the fourth player who spent his entire career with the Seahawks to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The request given to Kenny Easley – to compare his game with current Seattle Seahawks Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor – was countered with a laugh and a request of his own.
Kenny Easley can reveal now that by the time the knock on his door came last February, letting him know that he had been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he felt like he’d already lived through the moment.
LaDainian Tomlinson, Terrell Davis and Kurt Warner headline the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, joined by former Seahawks standout Kenny Easley.