The 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place on Saturday evening in Canton, Ohio, and former University of Miami great and Seattle Seahawks standout Cortez Kennedy was one of six men to receive Hall of Fame gold jackets and enshrinement busts. Kennedy gave a lengthy induction speech, and made time to highlight Coach Randy Shannon's influence on the defensive lineman while at The U:
If it wasn't for Coach Shannon I would not be here today. Coach Shannon and a lot of people said, "Cortez, you did it on your own." I did a lot on my own, but coach Shannon taught me how to work. He stayed in my apartment during training camp and would train me the whole summer. Randy Shannon slept on my floor in my apartment. I would get up at three in the morning and try to sneak in the refrigerator and get something to eat and Randy would say, "Tez, get out of there." I said, ‘Randy, do you ever go to sleep?'
Kennedy was joined in the 2012 class by cornerback Jack Butler, center Dermontti Dawson, running back Curtis Martin, defensive lineman Chris Doleman and offensive lineman Willie Roaf.