Saturday night a Pro Football Hall of Fame will again open a disdainful gates and bless a seven-member category of 2017. Pro Football Weekly is highlighting them all, stability with former Seahawks S Kenny Easley.
Credentials: Selected fourth altogether in a 1981 draft, Easley warranted 5 Pro Bowl invitations, 5 All-Pro selections (four first-team and one second team), one NFL Defensive Player of a Year endowment and was named a member of a league’s All-Decades group for a 1980s. He’s one of 7 members in a Seahawks ring of honor. Easley intercepted 32 passes, including 3 pick-sixes, for 538 yards, adding 8 sacks in 7 seasons. In 6 playoff games, he had a pouch and an interception.
Seattle’s initial good physical, ball-hawking safety: Long before a ‘Legion of Boom,’ Easley initial tangible a symbol of a good Seahawks safety: big, fast, earthy and able of creation overzealous quarterbacks or round carriers venturing over a center fast charity their choice.
“Having played opposite Kenny,” recalls associate Hall of Famer Dan Fouts, “I can tell we we always suspicion of him as a good pain, and that’s a enrich from a quarterback…He was really smart. He had good range. Great instincts. He done plays. Big hitter. Big reserve and all those things. we knew during a time that he was somebody we had to regard myself with if we was going to be throwing a round over a center or even down a sidelines given of his range.”
Easley’s career usually ranged 7 seasons, mostly due to injuries, though he squandered small time reporting himself as one of a game’s best defensive playmakers. In 1981, a former UCLA standout intercepted 3 passes en track to Rookie of a Year honors.
His interception totals would stand in 3 uninterrupted seasons thereafter, from 4 in 1982, to 7 in ’83 and a league-leading 10 in 1984, his excellent season, wherein Easley was a pushing force behind Seattle’s then-franchise record 12-win season.
Easley was listed during 6-3, 206 pounds and, in further to his round skills and range—both clear when he doubled as Seattle’s primary punt returner (11.6-yard career normal — he played with assault and aggression.
“He doesn’t behind down from anything,” pronounced Pro Bowler Kam Chancellor, arguably a best Seahawks clever reserve given Easley. “He always wants a contact, he’s going to make certain we feel him, make certain we know he’s there. He’s a ballhawk. I’ve seen him covering ground, go get a ball, and when he gets a round he’s perplexing to score. He’s really a really jaunty reserve from behind in a day.”
Easley, who late early in 1987 due to kidney illness that he blamed in partial on a Seahawks, was named a Hall’s Senior Finalist in 2016.
Quotable: “In my office during perplexing to be a best, we always felt like we was sharpened adult to his turn given he was a standard,” pronounced Hall of Fame reflection Ronnie Lott, comparison by a Raiders 4 spots after Easley in a 1981 draft. “Kenny’s skills transcended a game…He was a good as there ever was and we meant that right to this day.”