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.
Gods Grace ?????? pic.twitter.com/60J2DugpD1
— Kameron Chancellor (@KamChancellor) July 1, 2018
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.
Now former #Seahawks S Kam Chancellor isn’t officially retiring, he just wasn’t cleared medically to play again. Big difference. That means $6.2M this year and $5.2M of his base salary next year are guaranteed.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 1, 2018
Good for him.