HOF12: Kennedy salutes fans, late advisor

Cortez Kennedy at Pro Football Hall of Fame (2:19)

Cortez Kennedy talks with Mike Sando during the weekend's Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies. (2:19)

CANTON, Ohio -- Fans tuning in to watch Pro Football Hall of Fame speeches Saturday night can expect Cortez Kennedy to thank the late Robert Fraley, his former agent and mentor, for contributing so much to his life.

Fraley died in the plane crash that also killed golfer Payne Stewart in 1999.

Days after Fraley's passing, Kennedy paid tribute to his friend with a dominating performance for the Seattle Seahawks during a 27-7 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Kennedy also forced a fumble during that Monday night game.

Kennedy's close friendship with Fraley explains why the new Hall of Famer has selected Fraley's widow, Dixie, to present him at enshrinement. Kennedy reflected on his choice and on Seahawks' fans during the video above, shot during a media availability session Friday.