Chancellor in 2013
No. 31 Seattle Seahawks
|Date of birth:April 3, 1988|
|Place of birth: Norfolk, Virginia|
|High school: Norfolk (VA) Maury|
|College: Virginia Tech|
|NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 133|
|Debuted in 2010 for the Seattle Seahawks|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2013
Kameron Darnel Chancellor (born April 3, 1988) is an American football strong safety for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Virginia Tech, and was drafted by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He has played three seasons for Seattle, and was recognized for a break-out 2011 season by being sent to the 2012 Pro Bowl.
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. Scout.com assessed Chancellor as a two-star recruit and he accepted a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech.
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.
Before the 2008 season, he was moved to the free safety position, his third position change in as many years at Virginia Tech. 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. After the season, he considered entering the 2009 NFL Draft a year early, but decided to remain at Virginia Tech for his final season. 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. The Hokies' defensive backs coach, Torrian Gray, said that Chancellor could be "the greatest safety in Virginia Tech history." 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."
2010 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 3 in||231 lb||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|
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. As a result, he was added to the 2012 Pro Bowl roster, replacing San Francisco 49er Dashon Goldson.
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.
In April 2013 Chancellor agreed to a five-year extension worth up to $34 million with the Seahawks, placing him under team control through 2017.
- Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech, retrieved August 7, 2009.
- Kameron Chancellor Profile, Scout.com, retrieved August 7, 2009.
- Darryl Slater, Tech’s Chancellor accepts role as target for offenses, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 27, 2009.
- 2008 Season Statistics, Virginia Tech, retrieved August 7, 2009.
- Chancellor tells coaches he'll return, ESPN, January 8, 2009.
- Kam Chancellor, The NFL Draft Scout, retrieved August 7, 2009.
- Larry Rubama, Where are they now?, The Virginia-Pilot, August 5, 2009.
- Randy King, 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, December 30, 2007.
- "Player bio - Kam Chancellor". Seattle Seahawks. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
- "Two More Seattle Seahawks Make 2012 NFC Pro Bowl Roster: A Fan’s Reaction". Yahoo!.