Kenny Easley bio from profootballhof.com
Kenny Easley was selected in the first round, 4th overall, out of UCLA by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1981 NFL Draft. The Seahawks safety was an intimidating defensive force during his seven-year tenure in Seattle.
Easley made an immediate impact on the Seahawks’ defense earning AFC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 1981 after returning three interceptions for 155 yards, including one for an 82-yard touchdown. He also made a career-high four fumble recoveries. Easley rightfully earned his nickname as “The Enforcer” for this style of play on the field.
An all-around great athlete, he continued to earn recognition for his abilities including AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1983. That season, he recorded seven interceptions which he returned for 106 yards and posted a career-high three sacks.
The safety was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1984 by the Associated Press when he registered a league-leading and career-best 10 interceptions and two pick-sixes. Easley earned first-team All-Pro honors in four straight seasons from 1982 to 1985.
During his career, Easley amassed 32 interceptions which he returned for 538 yards and three touchdowns in 89 career games. He was also a dominating tackler before the stat was readily tracked and had eight career sacks.
In all, Easley was named to five Pro Bowls and was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1980s in addition to his many other honors he earned along his relatively short but highly impactful career.
Hall of Fame Speech
To read the full transcript of Kenny Easley's Hall of Fame speech from The Virginian-Pilot, click here
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At Oscar Smith
A native of Chesapeake, Easley graduated from Oscar Smith where he became the first player in the history of Virginian high school football to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards in a single season earning All-American honors.
His number 5 jersey has been retired by the school.
Easley attended UCLA where he started ten games his freshman year, recording nine interceptions, earning first team All-PAC 10 honors. At the point of his graduation, Easley became the first player in conference history to be selected to the all-conference team for four consecutive seasons.
Easley was also selected as a consensus All-American in 1978, 1979, and 1980.
His number 5 jersey was retired by the school.
Easley's something special ... 1984 Sports Illustrated article by Rick Telander
Kenny Easley: From the streets of South Norfolk to the Pro Football Hall of Fame ... The Virginian-Pilot