He didn’t say the word retirement, but in a post on his Twitter account it sure seems like that is what Seattle Seahawk Safety Kam Chancellor announced. This is what he had to say:
“I always prayed to God and told myself that I would play this game of football until the wheels fall off. 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. I put all my blood, sweat, and tears into this game. On the field, off the field, pouring into my teammates, coaches, opponents, friends, family, and so many more. God has blessed me with an amazing opportunity to show the world my gifts he has given me, and my heart to love everyone and everything. Not everyone and everything has loved me back, but through the grace of God I have been able to see the good in it all and forgive what needs to be forgiven and continue to love anyway. If it weren’t for everybody God placed upon me on this journey I wouldn’t be he Man (Ballplayer) I am today. I’ve learned so many valuable lessons that I can take with me on the next journey. How to use them? I don’t know yet. But I will wait for his instructions. But I will wait for his instructions. Love is in the center of it all. LOB 4Lyfe. I love by the Golden rules (Galatians 5:14, and it has helped me touch a massive amount of people, and I pray that they touch a massive amount of people with the Love that was given to them. We are all brothers and sisters through Christ and we were called to work together. Let’s not forget that. Forgive, forget, let go, and live on. Love your brothers and sisters. Thank you again for all of the support and Love from everyone all over. Good or Bad its all received with Love. Time for the Next chapter. Lord take the wheel…
P.S. Pray for your boy. 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.
Sure seems like a retirement to us.
In 2010, the Seahawks drafted chancellor in the 5th Round out of Virginia Tech, the only team he would ever play for professionally. In his rookie year, Chancellor played in all 16 Games in a reserve role and in 2011 he would win the starting Strong Safety job and formed a formidable backfield with Earl Thomas. Chancellor would be named to the Pro Bowl for the first time. 2012 would also be solid, but it would be the next three seasons where he would prove himself as one of the top Strong Safeties in the game.
Chancellor’s 2013 season would not only see a return to the Pro Bowl, but he was also named a Second Team All-Pro, which would be the first of two straight years he would achieve such an accolade. More importantly, Chancellor and the rest of the potent Seattle defense anchored the team to a win at Super Bowl XLVIII. In a game where the Seahawks won 43-8, Chancellor made ten combined tackles and picked off Broncos’ Quarterback Peyton Manning.
2014 would see anther Pro Bowl and another trip to the Super Bowl, though this time Seattle would go down to defeat against the New England Patriots. Chancellor was a Pro Bowl Selection for the fourth and final time in 2015.
In the 2017 season, Chancellor suffered a season ending neck injury in week 10 of the season. As it turned out, it was essentially a career ending injury.
While we don’t think that Kam Chancellor will make the Pro Football Hall of Fame, we do think it is possible that the Seahawks will honor him in the future in some capacity.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to wish Kam Chancellor the best in his post-playing career, and we are a little haunted by that last statement of his where he openly worried about head injuries.
The game of football is certainly changing.
As we approach the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, we have been working on our future eligible section. As football players don’t always retire after they played their last game (usually to see if they can land another job while sitting out as a free agent) we aren’t able to immediately add them.
With that being the case, we have added to our site, 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame eligible list.
The people eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame whom we are featuring are:
Alterraun Verner: Verner would be named to the Pro Bowl at Cornerback in 2013 when he was with the Tennessee Titans.
Brian Cushing: The Linebacker was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2009, but this would be the only year that the career Houston Texan would be named to the Pro Bowl.
Carson Palmer: Palmer was a three-time Pro Bowl Quarterback who led the NFL in Touchdown Passes in 2005.
Chris Johnson: Johnson was the Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 and the Running Back would go on to three Pro Bowls.
Cliff Avril: Avril was a Pro Bowl Linebacker in 2016 and was a Super Bowl Champion with the Seattle Seahawks.
Danny Woodhead: Woodhead was a popular and undrafted Running Back who would have nearly 5,000 Yards from Scrimmage.
Darrelle Revis: Revis was the greeter of “Revis Island”, where the Cornerback would be named to seven Pro Bowls and four First Team All-Pros. Revis would win a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots.
Darren McFadden: McFadden played at Running Back where he would have 7,535 Yards from Scrimmage.
DeAngelo Hall: Hall would become a three-time Pro Bowl Defensive Back.
DeMarco Murray: Murray was explosive in 2014 where the Running Back would be named the Offensive Player of the Year. He was also a three-time Pro Bowl Selection.
Dwight Freeney: Freeney was a First Team All-Pro Defensive End three times and he would be named to seven Pro Bowls. Freeney won the Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts and he retired with 125.5 Quarterback Sacks.
Elvis Dumervil: At Defensive End, Dumervil was a five-time Pro Bowl and two-time First Team All-Pro who led the NFL in Sacks in 2009. He retried with 105.5 Sacks over his career.
Eric Decker: The Wide Receiver would have over 50 Receiving Touchdowns over his career.
Eric Weems: Weems would record over 5,000 Return Yards and was 2010 Pro Bowl Selection.
Eric Wood: Wood would be a Pro Bowl Selection at 2015 at the Center Position.
James Harrison: Harrison was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and was a five-time and two-time First Team All-Pro. The Linebacker would help the Pittsburgh Steelers win two Super Bowls.
Jay Cutler: Cutler would throw for over 35,000 Yards and was a Pro Bowl Selection in 2008.
Jeremy Maclin: Maclin played at Wide Receiver and he had five straight years of 800 Yards.
Joe Thomas: Thomas played his entire career at Left Tackle for the Cleveland Browns where he was an 11-time Pro Bowl and a six-time First Team All-Pro Selection.
John Kuhn: Kuhn was a three-time Pro Bowl Fullback who would win two Super Bowls, one with Pittsburgh and one with the Green Bay Packers.
Julius Thomas: Thomas was a two-time Pro Bowl Tight End.
Kam Chancellor: Chancellor helped the Seattle Seahawks win the Super Bowl and the Strong Safety was a four-time Pro Bowler.
Martellus Bennett: Bennett was a Pro Bowl Tight End in 2014 and a Super Bowl Champion with the New England Patriots.
Matt Forte: Forte was a two-time Pro Bowl Running Back who retired with 9,796 Rushing Yards and another 4,672 Yards from Receiving.
NaVorro Bowman: Bowman was a First Team All-Pro Linebacker who would lead the NFL in Tackles in 2015.
Paul Pozluszny: Pozluszny was a Pro Bowl Linebacker in 2013.
Shane Lechler: Lechler was the best Punter of his era, going to seven Pro Bowls and earning six First Team All-Pro Selections.
Tamba Hali: Hali would have 89.5 Sacks over his career and the career Kansas City Chief would go to five Pro Bowls.
Terence Newman: Newman was a two-time Cornerback.
The entire group eligible for 2023 can be found here.
As always, we encourage you to vote and state your opinion.
Thank you again for your support!