Kam Chancellor

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Kam Chancellor
Kam Chancellor 2014 2.jpg
Chancellor in 2014
No. 31     Seattle Seahawks
Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-04-03) April 3, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Norfolk, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school: Norfolk (VA) Maury
College: Virginia Tech
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 133
Debuted in 2010 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Tackles 398
Quarterback sacks 2.0
Interceptions 8
Passes Defended 30
Forced fumbles 6
Stats at NFL.com

Kameron Darnel "Kam" Chancellor (born April 3, 1988) is an American football strong safety for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). Chancellor was drafted by the Seahawks in the fifth round, 133rd overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech. Chancellor has played four seasons for Seattle, and was recognized for a break-out 2011 season by being sent to the 2012 Pro Bowl. Chancellor is a member of the Legion of Boom. He is known for his astonishingly hard hits, hence the nicknames "Bam Bam Kam" and "Kamtrak".

Early life[edit]

Chancellor was born on April 3, 1988 in Norfolk, Virginia to Karen Lambert. He attended Matthew Fontaine Maury High School where he played basketball and football as a quarterback and safety. As a senior in 2006, he recorded more than 2,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards and led his team to a 10–2 record and an appearance in the Group AAA Division 5 playoffs. Chancellor was named the team's most valuable player, and he was also placed on the All-Eastern District first team and The Virginian-Pilot All-Tidewater second team. Rivals.com assessed him as the 27th-ranked pro-style quarterback prospect in the nation and the 20th-ranked player in the state of Virginia. SuperPrep and The Roanoke Times rated him the 21st-ranked player in the state.[1] Scout.com assessed Chancellor as a two-star recruit and he accepted a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech.[2]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Kameron Chancellor
Norfolk, Virginia Maury High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.6 Dec 5, 2005 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR (QB)   Rivals: -- National, 27 (QB), 20 (Vir)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

Chancellor enrolled at Virginia Tech in 2006 to study human development. He worked out as a quarterback before eventually being moved to the cornerback position prior to the start of the season. He saw action that year as a true freshman in all 13 games, and recorded nine tackles, two passes broken-up, and one interception. In 2007, he was moved to the rover position as the starter and also played on special teams. He started in all 14 games and recorded 79 tackles, seven passes broken-up, three quarterback hurries, and one interception.[1]

Before the 2008 season, he was moved to the free safety position, his third position change in as many years at Virginia Tech.[3] Chancellor started in all 14 games and recorded 52 tackles including 27 solo, two interceptions, five passes broken-up, seven pass deflections, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.[4] After the season, he considered entering the 2009 NFL Draft a year early, but decided to remain at Virginia Tech for his final season.[5] The CBS Sports-affiliated NFL Draft Scout considered Chancellor the third-ranked of the 126 free safeties available for the 2010 NFL Draft and projected him as a third-round selection.[6] The Hokies' defensive backs coach, Torrian Gray, said that Chancellor could be "the greatest safety in Virginia Tech history."[7] Chancellor has said that he attempts to emulate the former Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, and said, "[He was a] big safety, the prototype guy for the position. I'm a big safety, too, and I've just always wanted to be just like him. I don't necessarily say I can be Sean Taylor before it's over, but I think I can be just as good."[8]

Professional career[edit]

2010 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3¼ in 231 lb 33 in 9½ in 4.59 s 1.61 s 2.67 s 4.41 s 7.36 s 32 in 9 ft 9 in 22 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Kam Chancellor was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks early in the 5th round with the #133rd overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Chancellor did not start a game in his rookie season, though he got playing time in all 16 games.

Chancellor began the 2011 season as the team's starting strong safety, replacing recently unsigned veteran Lawyer Milloy on the depth chart. Chancellor had a very strong season, coming in second on the team in both tackles and interceptions.[9] As a result, he was added to the 2012 Pro Bowl roster, replacing San Francisco 49er Dashon Goldson.[10]

The 2012 season saw Chancellor as the incumbent starting strong safety, and he started all 16 games. He did not record any sacks or interceptions for the season, though he did have a career high 101 tackles.[9]

In April 2013 Chancellor agreed to a four-year extension worth up to $28 million with the Seahawks,[11] placing him under contract through 2017.

On February 2, 2014, the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, with Chancellor having an interception and 9 tackles during the game.[citation needed]

At the start of the 2014 season, Kam was named a team captain, joining Russell Wilson, Jon Ryan, and Steven Hauschka as the Seattle Seahawks four team captains. On September 21, 2014, in a Super Bowl rematch with the Denver Broncos, Chancellor recorded 9 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and 2 pass defended in a 26-20 victory, winning the NFC Defensive Player of the Week Award. At the end of the regular season he was selected for the third Pro Bowl of his career and voted in the Second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.[12]

In the Seahawks' divisional round game against the Carolina Panthers, Chancellor had a career game in which he recorded nine solo tackles, two assists, and an interception returned 90 yards for a touchdown. Chancellor twice vaulted the Panthers' offensive in attempt to block a field goal at the end of the half, though neither attempt counted due to penalties.[13] In the NFC Championship game, Chancellor recorded 5 tackles as the Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers 28-22 to advance to the Super Bowl for the second straight season.


  1. ^ a b Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech, retrieved August 7, 2009.
  2. ^ Kameron Chancellor Profile, Scout.com, retrieved August 7, 2009.
  3. ^ Darryl Slater, Darryl Slater (July 27, 2009). "Tech’s Chancellor accepts role as target for offenses". The Richmond Times-Dispatch. Archived from the original on April 26, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ "2008 Season Statistics". Virginia Tech. Retrieved August 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Chancellor tells coaches he'll return". ESPN. January 8, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ Kam Chancellor "The NFL Draft Scout". Retrieved August 7, 2009. 
  7. ^ Larry Rubama (August 5, 2009). "Where are they now?". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved August 7, 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ Randy King (December 30, 2007). "Kam Chancellor's winning style; Hokies rover Kam Chancellor was a big fan of the late Sean Taylor -- a man he tries to emulate". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved August 7, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Player bio - Kam Chancellor". Seattle Seahawks. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ Ryan Christopher DeVault (January 24, 2012). "Two More Seattle Seahawks Make 2012 NFC Pro Bowl Roster: A Fan’s Reaction". Yahoo! News. Archived from the original on April 26, 2014. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  11. ^ Clare Farnsworth (April 22, 2013). "Kam Chancellor signed to contract extension". Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ Chris Wesseling (January 2, 2015). "2014 All-Pro Teams". NFL.com. AP. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ Tim Booth (January 11, 2015). "Wilson and Chancellor Leads Seattle Past Carolina 31-17". ABC News. AP. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 

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