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Pro Bowl Safety Kam Chancellor Announces Retirement From Football

An interior view of the seattle seahawks stadium.

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 24: General view of Qwest Field from the endzone during the NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants on September 24, 2006 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won 42-30. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Earlier: Kam Chancellor, who made four Pro Bowls as one of the members of the Seattle Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" secondary, has announced his retirement from football.

Chancellor is only 30 years old but he appeared in only nine games last season due to a neck injury. It looks like this injury has caused him to shut things down.

In his retirement announcement, Chancellor says he wanted to continue playing, but his body just will not allow him to do so.

"I always prayed to God and told myself that I would play this game of football until the wheels fall off," Chancellor wrote. "Well, the wheels didn't fall off, but God has given me a sign that I just can't ignore."

You can read Chancellor's full statement below.

A fifth-round pick of the Seahawks out of Virginia Tech in 2010, Chancellor blossomed into an unbelievable draft steal. He amassed 606 tackles, 12 interceptions and nine forced fumbles in his eight-year career. Chancellor made the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2013-15. He helped the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII and reach Super Bowl XLIX. Best of luck to him as he steps away from the game. Update: Ian Rapoport notes that this isn't an official "retirement" from Chancellor. He was not medically cleared to play, but is still eligible to collect his salary.

Good for him.