Around this last year, Kenny Easley was recovering from triple bypass surgery when he received a phone call that helped lift his spirits and renew his faith. Nearly 30 years removed from his final season in the NFL, and a few weeks removed from a significant operation, Easley found out he was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, an honor he long ago had figured wasn’t in the cards for him.
“I was sort of down in the dumps,” Easley said. “I couldn’t imagine that this heart that had done everything I had asked of it as an athlete could have failed me. That was a difficult period for me. But two weeks after I got out of the hospital, I get a phone call telling me that I’m a finalist in the senior division for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That just completely changed me spiritually.”
That good news, which was followed in February by Easley being voted into the Hall of Fame, helped validate something he had heard from Tyrone Armstrong, the pastor at the church he attends in Chesapeake, Virginia.