Seahawks: 15 best defensive backs in franchise history

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Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Number 6: Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, 2010-2017

Kam Chancellor’s raw statistics aren’t going to jump off the page at you. Did he produce? Yes. In his injury-shortened career, Chancellor finished with 12 interceptions (4 of which came in 2011), 9 forced fumbles, 2 sacks and just 3 quarterback hits. All of these numbers would be fine by even a lesser player. But Chancellor’s true value was different.

This plays out in the fact that while he played just 8 seasons, four times he was voted to the Pro Bowl. And Chancellor put the boom in the Legion of Boom. Chancellor was an enforcer in the middle of the field who put fear in opposing ballcarriers who wanted to avoid him. But Chancellor also had the ridiculous athletic ability to chase down fast running backs from behind or leap offensive lines in attempts to block kicks.

Chancellor also was one of the more vocal members of the LOB but he did almost all his talking on the field. Off the field, Chancellor was a real gentleman who acted with class and the air of a true leader. That is what he was with the LOB. He was a calming voice but also one of extreme violence toward opposing players.

Without Chancellor, there is no LOB. And with no LOB, there probably isn’t a Super Bowl win for the Seahawks. That’s how important he was.