With this offseason’s expected but early retirement of strong safety Kam Chancellor, and the surprising release of cornerback Richard Sherman, suddenly free safety Earl Thomas was the last man standing from the Seattle Seahawks’ original “Legion of Boom” secondary.
The LOB was the heart, soul and soundtrack of the 2010s’ Seahawks squads that made five straight playoff appearances, two Super Bowl appearances, and won Super Bowl XLVIII win a rout of defensive dominance against the Denver Broncos.
The original crew that made the nickname famous was Thomas, Chancellor, Sherman and cornerback Brandon Browner, who left Seattle in 2014 but returned two years later, only to be waived during training camp. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
The city of Seattle lost a lot of things it might never get back when the NBA’s Supersonics took off and relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008.
But thanks to one NFL star, Seattle has at least been able to hang onto the spirit of Sonics legend Gary Payton.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is, like Payton, an accomplished athlete who has become known as much for his trash-talking as for his talent. For the latter, he was voted No. 20 on the NFL Network’s ranking of the league’s top 100 players for 2016. Continue reading
Like the Heisman Trophy, the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award unofficially yet almost exclusively belongs to offensive players — quarterbacks and running backs in particular.
Only one defensive player has won the Heisman (Michigan DB Charles Woodson in 1997) and only two defensive players have won the NFL’s MVP: Vikings DT Alan Page in 1971, and Giants LB Lawrence Taylor in 1986.
A few weeks into the 2015 NFL season, I started to believe Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor had a legit shot at becoming the third defensive player to be crowned MVP. Continue reading
The original “Legion of Doom” is back together, and during the time when one of them was gone, the three founding members who never left Seattle established themselves as arguably the best players in the NFL at their respective positions.
When veteran cornerback Brandon Browner returned to the Seahawks in April, he was reunited with cornerback Richard Sherman, strong safety Kam Chancellor and free safety Earl Thomas.
The foursome was instrumental in the Seahawks winning Super Bowl XLVIII and became the marquee unit on a defense that is considered one of the toughest in pro football history. The Steelers of the 1970s had the “Steel Curtain” defensive line. The early-2000s Ravens had a linebacker corps led by Ray Lewis. The Seahawks had the LOB secondary. Continue reading
NFL Films and other football historians may gloss over it, but famous defensive units like Pittsburgh’s “Steel Curtain” and the “Fearsome Foursome” of the Rams had just as much interchangeable membership as your average pop music boy band or R&B girl group.
Rosey Grier is arguably the second-most popular member of the “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line behind Deacon Jones, yet he was only part of the group for four seasons before Roger Brown replaced him. Ernie Holmes of “Steel Curtain” fame only played on on two of the Steelers’ four Super Bowl championships squads from that era. Continue reading
If you haven’t yet seen the Monday Night Fumble by Lions WR Calvin Johnson that led to the “intentional batting” incident that has turned into the biggest NFL controversy since … well, the Patriots and their deflated footballs a few weeks ago … you probably don’t have a TV. Or a tablet. Or a phone. Or a friend.
In case you missed it, or if just need to see it again, here’s a video of the play along with more talk about the infamous non-call from NFL.com.
Johnson’s fumble, caused by Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor and helped out of bounds by linebacker K.J. Wright, allowed Seattle to hang on for a 13-10 victory. And in a lot of ways, it was the play of the NFL season so far. Continue reading
Before the “Legion of Boom” formed in Seattle, the Seahawks had Marcus Trufant. A homegrown talent from Tacoma, Wash., who was an All-American cornerback at Washington State University, Trufant was the Seahawks’ first-round draft pick in 2003. He played 10 seasons in the league, gathering 21 interceptions and six fumble recoveries, before retiring this year. Trufant’s career included one All-Pro selection and a Pro Bowl nod, and he helped lead the Seahawks to the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance in 2006.
Trufant bridged the gap in Seattle between the Reggie Tongue/Shawn Springs era and the Earl Thomas/Richard Sherman era. And he was the first in a line of Trufants to populate the NFL, paving the way for younger brothers and fellow DBs Isaiah Trufant (Browns) and Desmond Trufant (Falcons). Continue reading
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In case you missed it, Richard Sherman became a superstar this year.
In January, he drew mainstream attention (both good and bad) with his NFC Championship post-game interview. In February, he helped the Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII. In June, the public voted Sherman the Madden 15 cover model. In July, he won the ESPY Award for Breakthrough Athlete. And along the way, he picked up numerous endorsement deals and appeared in an increasing number of local and national TV ad campaigns. (Note: I live in Seattle, and you really cannot watch local TV here for 30 minutes without seeing Richard Sherman.)
Because Sherman has been everywhere lately, it may have seemed odd that his name wasn’t mentioned a lot during the NFL’s season-opening game/party last Thursday — Seattle’s 36-16 blowout of the Green Bay Packers. Continue reading