Saturday night the Pro Football Hall of Fame again opened its exclusive gates and enshrined the seven-member class of 2017. Pro Football Weekly highlighted them all.
Seahawks S Kenny Easley.
Credentials: Selected fourth overall in the 1981 draft, Easley earned five Pro Bowl invitations, five All-Pro selections (four first-team and one second team), one NFL Defensive Player of the Year award and was named a member of the league’s All-Decades team for the 1980s. He’s one of seven members in the Seahawks ring of honor. Easley intercepted 32 passes, including three pick-sixes, for 538 yards, adding eight sacks in seven seasons. In six playoff games, he had a sack and an interception.
Seattle’s first great physical, ball-hawking safety: Long before the ‘Legion of Boom,’ Easley first defined the mark of a great Seahawks safety: big, fast, physical and capable of making overzealous quarterbacks or ball carriers venturing over the middle quickly rue their choice.
“Having played against Kenny,” recalls fellow Hall of Famer Dan Fouts, “I can tell you I always thought of him as a great pain, and that’s a compliment from a quarterback…He was very smart. He had great range. Great instincts. He made plays. Big hitter. Big safety and all those things. I knew at the time that he was somebody I had to concern myself with if I was going to be throwing the ball over the middle or even down the sidelines because of his range.”
Easley’s career only ranged seven seasons, largely due to injuries, but he wasted little time asserting himself as one of the game’s…
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