Cortez Kennedy, Canton and late-night workouts
Cortez Kennedy enters Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday
By Danny O'Neil | The Seattle Times
"Cortez is such a unique individual," said Joe Nash, Kennedy's former teammate. "He is so personable."
And incredibly funny. Another former teammate Dave Wyman remembers Kennedy hiding in his closet and jumping out to scare him as he was trying to go to sleep at training camp.
But Nash also provided an anecdote about Kennedy that I found very funny.
"He used to try to give us the impression that he didn't work out hard," Nash said.
Sounds like Kennedy. He loves to joke about how Randy Shannon -- his roommate at Miami -- would have to sleep by the refrigerator to keep Kennedy from overeating in college.
All that made his success sound much more accidental than it actually was. Kennedy was a workhorse, and not just on game day, and while there were times he would leave the facility without lifting after practice, but that was just a ruse.
"He'd come back," Nash said. "He'd go home, come back and work out for a couple of hours."
Imagine that, a perennial Pro Bowler coming back at 7:30, 8 at night to work out. He used to work out harder than everybody else.