After seven and a half seasons in Seahawks college navy and action green, Kam Chancellor announced Sunday on Twitter what looked an awful lot like his retirement from professional football, eight months after a neck injury against the Arizona Cardinals rendered him unable to compete for the rest of the 2017 NFL season.
Chancellor, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft but became an All-Pro, a revolutionary strong safety (at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds) and a feared player over the middle of the field, had this to say on Twitter:
“God has given me a sign that I just can’t ignore. [...] To walk away from the game by choice is one thing, to walk away from the game because of the risk of paralysis is another. My final test showed no healing. [...] I’ve learned so many lessons that I can take with me on the next journey.”
Chancellor stopped short of saying the words “retiring” or “retirement” in his tweet, but left virtually zero ambiguity as to his intentions. The entire statement is below.
Chancellor, who turned 30 in April, played 109 games for Seattle, accumulating 12 interceptions, 50 passes defensed and nine forced fumbles. His signature playoff moment was a pick-six against the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round in 2014, on the way to helping the Seahawks win their second consecutive conference title.
Many fans believe to this day that he should have been the MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII.
Any retrospective on Chancellor, no matter how brief, would be incomplete without the oft-viewed image from Week 16 of the 2012 season. It’s a play that helps define an era of Seahawks defense: tough, effective, clean, and intimidating.
In January, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll admitted that it would be very difficult for either Chancellor or Cliff Avril to ever play again due to their respective neck problems. Avril was released in May with a failed physical designation, but Cliff hasn’t officially announced his retirement. Now it looks as if Chancellor’s days with the Seahawks are also over.