The Seattle Seahawks lost another member of the Legion of Boom when safety Kam Chancellor announced he won’t be returning to the NFL, due to a lingering injury that hasn’t healed since last season.
“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,” Kam Chancellor tweeted.
Chancellor suffered the career-threatening neck injury last season, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season. In May, he told reporters that he would continue to play if his health permits.
“If my body says don’t play, I’m not playing. I’ll listen,” Chancellor said in May. “I’m a very good listener.”
Chancellor appears to be a man of his word because he is listening to his body. The All-Pro safety said the “final test” of his injury “showed no healing.”
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“I’ve played through all types of bruises and injuries at a high level. But this one, I just can’t ignore,” he tweeted.
Kam Chancellor signed a three-year, $36 million extension with the Seahawks last season, so if he does retire, it is unclear how the Seahawks will handle the situation. The Seattle Seahawks could ask for some of the money back or could come to an arrangement that allows both sides to keep some of the money.
Chancellor, who was a fifth-round pick out of Virginia Tech in 2010, was one of the mid-to late-round picks the Seahawks made that helped turn the fortune of the franchise around. Chancellor, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas helped to trans form Seattle’s defense into one of the greatest in NFL history, which was capped off by a Super Bowl win over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, who had one of the greatest offenses in NFL history.
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