We have all heard about “The Legion of Boom” right? We know that Earl Thomas is the will of the Legion and that Richard Sherman is the mouthpiece.
But when you want to talk about the heart of this unit, you point no further than Kam Chancellor.
Here is a link to a video of Chancellors top hits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-unD33mV8Os
One of the most memorable hits that I can recall was against San Francisco’s tight end Vernon Davis. It had to be one of the most pure hits I’ve ever seen. And regardless of the fact that Kam was flagged for the hit, it was, according to Chris Collinsworth, an “outstanding defensive play.”
Regardless of what anyone says, if it was a clean hit or not, at that very moment, the Legion of Boom made it’s presence known and Kam “Bam, Bam” Chancellor made a game changing hit.
In fact, since that time, Vernon Davis has caught the dreaded short-arm disease whenever he plays against the Seahawks. He hears Chancellor coming…Kam is in his head.
Kam also set the tone early in last year’s Super Bowl against the vaunted Denver Bronco’s offense. At 9:46 in the first quarter, Seattle up 5-0, Denver has the ball.
Manning drops back, finds Demaryius Thomas on a short crossing pattern. Kam came up after Thomas catches the pass and knocks Thomas five yards back. It was at that point that Kam sent the message to the Denver Bronco’s passing game: That ain’t gonna happen.
Kam is also the emotional leader of the Legion. When the Hawks lost to the Kansas City Chiefs to drop to 3-3 on the year, many NFL pundits had written the team off. There had been much turmoil in the locker room. The fact of the matter, it was that the team essentially lost it’s identity with a healthy Percy Harvin.
It’s not fair to place the blame solely on Harvin’s shoulders. But he was the main protagonist. And I have to applaud the decision by the Seahawks to trade Harvin when it was realized that despite all of his talent on the field, his off the field antics were destroying the chemistry in the locker room.
It was Chancellor who gathered the team together and gave an impassioned speech about playing for each other and to not let down the man next to you both on and off the field. To trust each other, take care of each other and taking accountability.
Hard to dispute the facts but after that speech, the Seahawks haven’t lost a game since.
It showed up big time in the conference championship against the Green Bay Packers. While the Seahawks kept getting knocked down, they never were knocked out. They kept getting back up and just would not give in to defeat.
It shows me that Chancellor has two ways to deliver hits: Physically and emotionally.
I will be wearing my newly purchased #31 jersey proudly on Super Bowl Sunday. Bam Bam is going to be a key player against the Patriots and I almost pity Rob Gronkowski when he takes that first hit from him.