Cortez Kennedy was one of the greatest defensive tackles to ever play the game of football. And he’s now dead at 48.
The football world was saddened at the loss of the Pro Football Hall of Fame member on Tuesday. Among those crushed by the news was LSU coach Ed Orgeron, who coached Kennedy as the defensive line coach at Miami. Orgeron was with the Hurricanes from 1988-92, which overlapped with Kennedy’s tenure in South Florida.
Kennedy, who played his entire NFL career (1990-2000) with the Seattle Seahawks after being the No. 3 overall selection in the 1990 NFL Draft, was found dead on Tuesday at the age of 48. ESPN reports that Orlando police are investigating the death.
Orlando police confirmed to ESPN that they are investigating the former defensive tackle’s death but said “there is nothing suspicious to report” at this time.
Kennedy died alone, according to police.
Orgeron took to Twitter after hearing the news to express his sadness and pay tribute to “one of the greatest players” he has ever coached:
Rest easy, Cortez.