Cortez Kennedy became the second lifetime Seahawk enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It should have happened years ago and it deserves our full attention.

Soft-spoken, generous and humble, Tez always stayed true to his roots and stayed loyal to Seattle his entire career. He loved the 12th Man and still does.

I’m told he couldn’t wait to deliver the line of the night in his Hall of Fame speech last night — “God bless America, and God bless the Seattle Seahawks.” 

Every media outlet has their priorities and budgets, so I understand why we were the only local media in Canton, Ohio, covering his enshrinement.

But it’s disappointing that such a beloved player, who gave us everything on the field, didn’t receive equal reciprocation from the city he played for on the biggest weekend of his life.

After all, a Seahawk doesn’t get this honor every day. We waited 17 years since Steve Largent to get another one of our own back in the Hall of Fame. Every Seahawk fan I spoke with mentioned how refreshing it was to finally see more Seattle representation in the Hall, riddled with Packers and Steelers and East Coast fans supporting their respective inductees.

We’ll always whine about a lack of respect out here, but when we get it we should be the first to embrace it.

And that’s why, I urge everyone to circle this weekend in 2015 on their calendar. There’s no reason to miss the enshrinement of legendary tackle Walter Jones and there’s no reason to think he won’t be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Similar to Tez, Walter is shy when it comes to the media, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve one of the warmest 12th Man ovations when the Seahawks representation in Canton officially becomes a trifecta.

There’s no doubt CenturyLink field will roar its approval when Kennedy receives his Hall of Fame ring at a Seahawks game this fall. But it’s a shame that Hydros, and dragsters and other sporting events that happen every year, took priority over a once-in-a-lifetime honor.