Bruin legend Kenny Easley has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Easley played safety for UCLA from 1977-1980. While in Westwood, Easley was the first player in Pac-10 Conference history to be honored as an all-conference selection all four years.
During his freshman year at UCLA, he started 10 games and intercepted 9 passes. As a senior, he finished ninth in Heisman Trophy balloting. He’s still first on the UCLA all-time career interceptions list with 19 and is ranked fifth in all-time tackles with 374. His jersey number 5 is one of just nine retired numbers.
Easley was the fourth pick of the 1981 NFL Draft when he was selected by the Seattle Seahawks. With the Seahawks, he won the 1981 AFC Rookie of the Year and became a five-time Pro Bowler. His NFL career was cut short when a physical revealed that he had irreversible kidney damage and he was forced to retire.
Easley is the sixth Bruin elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame where he joins Bob Waterfield, Tom Fears, Jimmy Johnson, Troy Aikman and Jonathan Ogden.