Kenneth Mason Easley Jr. is an American former professional football player who was a strong safety in the National Football League for seven seasons during the 1980s. He played college football for the UCLA Bruins and was a three-time consensus All-American. A first-round pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, Easley played professionally for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks from 1981 to 1987. Easley has been considered to be among the best defensive backs during his era and one of the Seahawks' all-time greatest players. Easley was one of Seahawks' defensive unit leaders and one of the finest defensive players in the NFL during the 1980s. In 1984, Easley was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. He was a four-time All–Pro selection and was elected to the Pro Bowl five times in his career. Easley's career ended after the 1987 season, when he was diagnosed with severe kidney disease.
|Date of birth:||January 15, 1959|
|Place of birth:||Chesapeake, Virginia|
|High school:||Oscar F. Smith, (South Norfolk, Virginia)|
|NFL Draft:||1981 / Round: 1/ Pick: 4|
About Kenny Easley
Hall of Fame safety who is widely thought of as one of the best safeties in NFL history, making 5 Pro Bowls and earning 4 First-Team All-Pro selections during his 7 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1984 and was included on the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 80's.
While attending Oscar F. Smith High School, he became the first player in the history of Virginia high school football to rush and pass for more than 1,000 yards in a single season. He was later a 3-time Consensus All-American at UCLA.
After retiring from football, he owned a Cadillac dealership as well as the Norfolk Nighthawks in the Arena Football League's development league, AF2.
He has children named Kendrick, Gabrielle and Giordanna with his wife Gail.
He and cornerback Shawn Springs were both included on the Seahawks' 35th Anniversary Team in 2010.
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