In a cryptic Twitter post on Sunday evening, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor appeared to announce his retirement.
“I’ve played through all types of bruises and injuries at a high level, but this one I just can’t ignore,” Chancellor wrote in a long tweet.
“To walk away from the game by choice is one thing, but to walk away from the game because of the risk of paralysis is another,” Chancellor wrote. “My final test showed no healing.”
Chancellor was referring to the neck injury he suffered last November in the Seahawks’ win over the Cardinals. Chancellor has not played a game since. He was ruled out for the remainder of the season, and the Seahawks were unsure of whether he would be able to return, though, Pete Carroll said the injury was significant.
Chancellor’s tweet indicates the injury led to his decision to retire.
The tweet was titled “My Last Chance!!!” While Chancellor never actually used the word “retire” in the tweet, he strongly hinted at it.
He finished by saying, “Time for the next chapter.”
Chancellor was a four-time Pro Bowler for the Seahawks. He was drafted by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL draft, and over the next few years, became one of the league’s best strong safeties. He was an integral part of the Seahawks’ famed Legion of Boom defensive secondary, and with his retirement, uncertainty over Earl Thomas’ future with the team hovering, and Richard Sherman now playing in San Francisco, the only remaining member of the Legion of Boom that seems certain to be a Seahawk next season is Byron Maxwell.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the sports newsletter
Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.