In coming to terms with Brown's death, Kennedy has developed closer relationships with Maryland, who plays for Dallas, and several Seahawk teammates and coaches. "At first I didn't know how I could play football again," Kennedy says. "There have been days when I'm so down, I don't feel anything. But I've got to be strong. I'm a big factor on this team."
For the remainder of his football career, says Kennedy, he will wear number 99, which was Brown's. "We're helping each other through this," Annie says.
While watching highlights of the Seahawks' 1992 season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Browns saw Kennedy sack Boomer Esiason and then do the Tez dance. "Look, it's Jerome!" said Annie. "Cortez is acting like Jerome!"
"I called Cortez and said, 'We saw Jerome the other day—in you,' " Annie says. "I told him, 'We're real proud of you.' "