Kam Chancellor, the hard-hitting strong safety for the Seattle Seahawks who sustained a serious neck injury in November that he knew could end his career, is apparently calling it quits.
“To walk away from the game by choice is one thing, to walk away from the game because of the risk of paralysis is another,” Chancellor, 30, tweeted.
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported that Chancellor isn’t expecting to get medical clearance to play again after recent tests failed to show enough healing.
Chancellor said he always told himself that he would keep playing football “until the wheels fall off,” and while that didn’t happen, “God has given me a sign that I just can’t ignore.”
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll indicated in January that Chancellor would “have a hard time playing football again.”
Chancellor was injured on Nov. 9 in a game at Arizona in what was referred to then as a “stinger.” Doctors have said that stingers are usually temporary, and that the term is often used too loosely and that Chancellor’s injury is more serious.
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— Kameron Chancellor (@KamChancellor) July 1, 2018
Last summer, Chancellor signed a three-year, $36 million contract extension, and in February, his $6.8 million base salary for 2018 became fully guaranteed.
Perhaps for contractual reasons, Chancellor didn’t used the word “retire” in his tweets, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Chancellor and defensive backs Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman were integral parts of Seattle’s physical secondary, dubbed the “Legion of Boom.”
Sherman signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers in March.
Chancellor, whom the Seahawks chose in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, was chosen for four Pro Bowls and two times received second-team All-Pro honors.
The Seahawks stayed in the NFL’s top 10 in in total defense or points allowed from 2011 to 2016.
–Field Level Media