Kennedy, Craig and the Hall of Fame

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Longtime Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy made the cut of 17 finalists for the 2009 Hall of Fame class. Linebacker Kevin Greene (Rams), running back Roger Craig (49ers), pass-rusher Charles Haley (49ers) were among the semifinalists missing the cut this time.

A quick look at finalists with current or past ties to the Rams, 49ers, Cardinals and Seahawks:

  • Richard Dent, DE, 49ers: Longtime Bears standout won a Super Bowl with the 49ers in 1994.

  • Russ Grimm, OL, Redskins: Finishing his second season as the Cardinals' assistant head coach and offensive line coach.

  • Bob Hayes, WR, 49ers: Longtime Cowboys receiver finished his career with the 49ers in 1975.

  • Kennedy, DT, Seahawks: Eight-time Pro Bowl lineman was the NFL's defensive player of the year on a 2-14 team.

  • John Randle, DT, Seahawks: Longtime Vikings pass-rusher spent his final three seasons with Seattle.

  • Rod Woodson, DB, 49ers: Longtime Steelers safety spent the 1997 season with the 49ers.

Of the six, only Kennedy will be remembered for his career with a team currently aligned in the NFC West. The 49ers have certainly had an appreciation for stars from other teams. Dent, Hayes and Woodson were three of the best.

I would have no problem with any of the 17 finalists earning enshrinement. I'd be interested in hearing the cases for and against Craig, Greene and Haley. We discussed Craig previously. I have advocated Kennedy. More info on the semifinalists here.