Every Seattle Seahawks fan relishing the Nov. 13 victory over the New England Patriots has Kam Chancellor to thank. The Seattle player’s moves on the final play helped secure the win during this ‘Super Bowl XLIX’ rematch, so get to know more about Seattle’s new hero.
1. He is a Super Bowl champion.
Kam, 28, has been with the Seattle Seahawks since 2010, and he has seen the team at their highest highs and lowest lows. He helped the team defeat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Yet, he also saw victory slip through the team’s fingers in Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots.
That game is best known for breaking every Seahawks fans’ heart. Seattle was on the 1-yard line, about to score the game-winning touchdown, when Russell Wilson, 27, threw the ball (instead of handing it to star running back, Marshawn Lynch, 30.) The Pats intercepted the ball and ultimately won the game.
2. Kam is part of the Legion of Boom.
Kam, a Norfolk, Virginia native, returned to play on Nov. 13 after missing four games with a groin injury, per UPI.com, and he was playing like his old self. Kam, part of the defensive clique called the Legion of Boom, made eight tackles (four of which he did all by himself.) He helped force a fumble that led to a Seattle touchdown.
4th and Goal.
Brady to Gronk…?
— NFL (@NFL) November 14, 2016
3. He started out not as a safety, but as a quarterback.
Talk about déjà vu. During the Nov. 14 game, New England was on the 1-yard line with 14 seconds left, almost how Seattle was in Super Bowl XLIX. However, when Tom Brady, 39, attempted to throw the game-winning pass to Rob Gronkowski, 27, Kam was there to prevent Gronk from catching the ball. Kam wasn’t psychic – they had run the play in practice.
“[Gronk] did the same exact route and we both fell and hit the ground,” Kam said. Perhaps his experience in high school gave him insight into what Tom was about to do, as Kam racked up more than 2,000 passing yards as a Senior at Matthew Fontaine Maury High School. Nice.
4. He credits his success to his mother.
Growing up poor with five siblings, Kam rarely saw his mother as she worked two or three jobs to support her family. That work ethic is what drives Kam to succeed on the field. “I looked up to that, her being so strong,” he told Seattle’s official website. “I felt like I owed her for that, for keeping me on the right path and helping me be the successful person I am.”
5. He has a big heart.
Kam made sure to repay his mother for her hard work in raising him. After he signed a $34 million dollar contract in 2014, he treated her to not just a new Lexus but also, a brand new house. Nice.
What do you think about Kam, HollywoodLifers? Were you happy when he made that defensive play? Or do you think New England was robbed?