By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On the month that his teammates would have begun training camp, Seattle Seahawks hard-hitting safety Kam Chancellor has retired. He made the announcement on Sunday on Twitter.
The Seahawks officially begin their training camp on Thursday, July 26th. With his retirement, Chancellor will give the coaching staff enough time to look for his replacement — either on the roster, or through other means.
This is a tough blow for the Seahawks defense. He, along with the Legion of Boom defense, were one of the best defenses in NFL history.
Earl Thomas, a fellow Seahawks safety, also considered retirement after being injured. However, Thomas was still able to play. It remains to be seen if Thomas is a part of the Seahawks future, as the team attempted to deal him at the NFL Draft.
Chancellor suffered a neck injury in Week 10 in their 22-16 win against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. He was then played on injured reserve on December 16th, 2017.
He played in a career-low nine games last season due to his injury. He had 49 tackles, one forced fumble, and two pass deflections.
“I always prayed to God and told myself that I would play this game of football until the wheels fall off,” Chancellor said on a Twitter message. “Well, the wheels didn’t fall off, but God has given me a sign that I just can’t ignore. 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., I could feel my heart drop to my stomach. The stiffness in my neck and the images that I saw had me at one of my lowest points as a man, because football is all I knew outside of serving the Lord. 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.”