Defensive disruption

Hall of Famers Published on : 7/30/2012

Cortez Kennedy entered his third year in the National Football League looking to make a big impact. Unfortunately for Kennedy, his offseason work was put on hold when his best friend, Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive tackle Jerome Brown, was killed in a car accident just before training camp opened.

Deeply affected by the tragedy, Kennedy got back to work and dedicated the 1992 season to his beloved friend and former University of Miami teammate. The Class of 2012 Enshrinee even swapped out his iconic number 96 for Brown’s number 99. What ensued was one of the best seasons ever by a defensive tackle.

Kennedy compiled a career-high 92 tackles and led the Seattle Seahawks with 14 quarterback sacks and four forced fumbles. The disruption he caused to opposing teams earned him All-Pro, Pro Bowl and NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. Below is a list of the quarterbacks Cortez sacked during the ‘92 season. In all, he sacked 12 different quarterbacks that season among them were two Pro Football Hall of Famers, Troy Aikman and John Elway.

1 9/6 Cincinnati Bengals L 3-21 1.0 Boomer Esiason 3rd
2 9/13 at Kansas City Chiefs L 7-26 0.5 Dave Krieg 1st
3 9/20 at New England Patriots W 10-6 3.0 H. Millen 1st, 2nd, 2nd
6 10/11 at Dallas Cowboys L 0-27 1.0 Troy Aikman 1st
7 10/18 Los Angeles Raiders L 0-19 2.0 Todd Marinovich, Jay Schroeder 1st
11 11/15 at Los Angeles Raiders L 3-20 1.0 Jay Schroeder 3rd
13 11/30 Denver Broncos W 16-13 1.0 Tommy Maddox 1st
14 12/6 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14-20 1.0 Neil O'Donnell 3rd
15 12/13 Philadelphia Eagles L 17-20 2.0 Randall Cunningham 2nd, 4th
16 12/20 at Denver Broncos L 6-10 1.0 John Elway 2nd
17 12/27 San Diego Chargers L- 14-31 0.5 Stan Humphries 2nd
TOTAL: 14.0