It appears Kam Chancellor‘s pro football career is over.
The two-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl strong safety announced this summer that he had to walk away from the game after eight seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, citing an injured neck.
The timing of his announcement, along with the unveiling of the NFL Network’s Top 100 list for 2018, made Chancellor the first retired player to earn a spot on the annual list, as he was voted No. 75 by a panel of NFL players.
Limited to nine games last season, Chancellor recorded 49 tackles, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. In what would turn out to be his final game, he had nine tackles and a safety in Seattle’s 22-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 9.
His career totals sit at 641 tackles, 12 interceptions, 50 pass breakups, nine forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two sacks. In 14 postseason games, the Virginia Tech product made 93 tackles to go with three interceptions, nine pass breakups and one forced fumble.
Chancellor’s legacy will be that of one of the most fierce hitters the game has seen. He was a modern-day Ronnie Lott, a safety who hit like a linebacker and was an intimidating presence in the middle of the field.
He was the enforcer on one of the greatest defensive backfields and overall defenses of all-time, the “Legion of Boom” Seahawks that peaked with a Super Bowl championship following the 2013 season.