By Tony Softli
Sunday afternoon the Seattle Seahawks enforcer called it quits and has walked away from the game. The great thing is Kam Chancellor will be able to run with his kids, in the end its not about the money. This decision comes as no surprise to the Seahawks brass, many of the 12’s or even Kam. The hope that he would heal was a long shot, but when football players play the game like he did on every snap, sustaining an injury is inevitable, sustaining a major neck injury nobody saw this coming.
He carried his ultimate intimidation and collision style of play from Virginia Tech as a fifth round draft pick to the NFL in 2010. Sitting in the Rams draft room the only issue I had with Kam was were to play him, linebacker or safety and most NFL clubs were thinking the same thing. For Pete Carroll, Chancellor was an ideal scheme fit. His combination of size and speed along with his football IQ was perfect for the linebacker position, playing close to the line scrimmage and off the edge as a blitzer. His awareness in space as a sweeper and run through tackling skills was that of a safety.
He was the perfect football player for Seattle’s defense. He gave them multiple usage on the field, leadership in the locker room and was the Boom in the Seahawk defense. I put him in the classification of Kenny Easley, Ronnie Lott and Steve Atwater, the ultimate competitor with explosive run through hitting skills. Seahawks honored him with a very lucrative contract extension last summer 3 year/$36 million in which $6.8 million of his base salary was for 2018, $25 million was fully guaranteed.
Chancellor broke his decision via his twitter account.
“God has given me a sign that I just can’t ignore,” Chancellor, a strong safety known as “The Enforcer” within the Seahawks’ famed “Legion of Boom” defensive secondary, wrote and posted on his social-media accounts Sunday afternoon.
“I’ve played through all types of bruises and injuries at a high level. But this one, I just can’t ignore. When the doctors told me what was going on in Nov(ember), I could feel my heart drop to my stomach.
“To walk away from the game by chance is one thing, to walk away from the game because of the risk of paralysis is another.”
“P.S. Pray for your boy,” Chancellor wrote. “I have no clue how these head injuries will go after the game. What I do know is that my God is stronger. Peace and love”.
This is the brutal reality of the game I love, the fans who invest financially and emotionally, not every player sails off into the sun set when their done playing, for Kam he had an outstanding career and with the grace of god is walking away from the game he loved to play.