A look back at the life of Kam Chancellor
By Colin Floyd
Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) celebrates winning Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
In honor of Kam Chancellor turning 26 last week, here’s an in-depth look at the Legion of Boom’s Enforcer…
Kameron Darnel Chancellor was born on April 3, 1988 in Norfolk, Virginia to Karen Lambert. He attended Maury High School where he played basketball and football. In his senior year (2006), Chancellor had more than 2,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards as quarterback and led his team to a 10-2 finish; he also played safety.
He was recruited as a three-star QB and accepted a scholarship from Virginia Tech where Rivals.com had ranked him the 27th best quarterback prospect in the nation. As a true freshman, Chancellor was moved to corner back and played in all 13 games. The next year, he moved to safety and started all 14 games. His junior season, he moved positions again, this time to free safety. Kam chose to come back for his senior season at Tech and was named to the All-ACC team that year.
In the 2010 NFL Draft, Chancellor was selected 133rd overall — the second pick in the fifth round — drafted by the Seattle Seahawks.
Here’s what was said about him prior to the draft by NFL.com…
Strengths: Chancellor has outstanding size for the safety position. Plays with great strength and has the toughness needed to consistently help up in the box in run support. Has been a highly productive player. Durability is not a concern. Exhibits a really impressive motor, refuses to be blocked and plays hard through the whistle.
Weaknesses: Chancellor can play over aggressive at times, take poor angles and is susceptible to play fakes. Taller player who could improve his pad level. Needs to be lower in his back peddle. Is more comfortable in the box and doesn’t possess the coverage skills, ball skills and instincts to be consistently relied upon against the pass.
At the combine, he measured in at 6-foot-3, 231 pounds. His bench press was 22 reps and his 40-time was 4.59 seconds.
Since Pete Carroll drafted him in 2010, Chancellor has thrived in the NFL and become one of its premier safeties. In his time in the league, he has been named to two Pro Bowls, one All-Pro team, and has also won a Super Bowl. Not bad for someone who just turned 26.
If you know anything about Kam, you know his genuine character. One of the many reasons this has been proven true is his foundation, Charity: Water. He is asking for a $26 donation to help bring clean, safe drinking water to people in Ethiopia. His goal is to reach $20,000, if you want to help his cause go to the link below and help make a difference in the world through one of your favorite Seahawks’ players.