Jan 28, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) is interviewed during Media Day for Super Bowl XLIII at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kam Chancellor the first Seahawk to earn Top 100 honors


Every offseason, NFL players vote on a “Top 100” list and compile the best players from the previous year. Rankings are released in sets of 10 players at a time, starting at number 100 and working down until the top player (as voted by his peers) is named.

This year, for the first time in his career, Kam Chancellor made the list and was selected to the No. 65 spot; ahead of safeties Antrel Rolle (72), T.J. Ward (82), and Eric Weddle (92). As part of all selections, there is a corresponding video showing highlights and interviews of fellow players speaking about Chancellor.

Malcolm Smith calls him “the enforcer, he’s definitely there to bring the pain.”

“Bam Bam Kam, he is the most physical, the most aggressive safety-maybe defensive player- in the National Football League. It just seems like he’s always blowing somebody up,” said Michael Robinson.

The cool thing about Kam Chancellor is that he continues to grow and develop each year. He has steadily improved his coverage skills, and never ceases to let up when a big hit opportunity presents itself. Seahawk fans were overjoyed when he finally burst onto the national scene with an incredible showing throughout the playoffs capped by a lights out performance in the Super Bowl (10 tackles, two passes defended, and an interception).

Year Tackles Interceptions Passes Defended
2010 10 0 1
2011 73 4 12
2012 69 0 4
2013 80 3 12

 

While Richard Sherman is the mouth of the Legion of Boom and Earl Thomas possesses the most natural ability, the entire defensive backfield seems to look to “the enforcer” as their soft-spoken leader. The consistent, hard-hitting, strong safety sets the tone for the rest of the LOB with his play.

Kam has been sitting out of the OTA’s recovering from hip surgery but is expected to be ready to go by training camp.

Earl Thomas on being asked what it was like being out there without Kam, “Oh I miss him, it’s never the same, a certain comfort zone, you can’t replace a guy like that. That’s my brother, me and him, that’s who I’m closest to on the team. I probably miss him the most.”

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