Chancellor in 2014
|No. 31 Seattle Seahawks|
|Date of birth:||April 3, 1988|
|Place of birth:||Norfolk, Virginia|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||232 lb (105 kg)|
|High school:||Norfolk (VA) Maury|
|NFL draft:||2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 133|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2015|
Kameron Darnel "Kam" 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 at Virginia Tech, and was drafted by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He is known for his devastating hit power and playmaking ability.
Chancellor was born on April 3, 1988 in Norfolk, Virginia to Karen Lambert. Chancellor's mother always had about two or three jobs all the time and there were five siblings all living together. He never had much money growing up and his family made sure he and his siblings stayed off the street and away from violence.
Chancellor attended Matthew Fontaine Maury High School where he played basketball and football as a quarterback and safety. As a senior in 2005, 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 as well as 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.
|Name||Home town||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Norfolk, Virginia||Maury High School||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||4.6||Dec 5, 2005|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR (QB) Rivals: -- National, 27 (QB), 20 (Vir)|
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 broken-up passes, three quarterback hurries, and one interception that season.
Before the 2008 season, he was moved to the free safety position, his third position change in three of four years at Virginia Tech. Chancellor started in all 14 games and recorded 52 tackles including 27 solo, two interceptions, five broken-up passes, 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." Also, before games and when he needs motivation, Chancellor says he watches the highlights of Sean Taylor on YouTube. He says it motivates him to do better, strive for greater things, and takes him to a darker place which makes him play better.
2010 NFL Combine
|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||4.69 s||1.65 s||2.77 s||4.41 s||7.36 s||32 in||9 ft 9 in||22 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine |
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 four-year extension worth up to $28 million with the Seahawks, placing him under contract through 2017.
At the start of the 2014 season, Chancellor 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.
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. It was his third straight postseason game with an interception. Chancellor also vaulted the Panthers' offensive line twice in attempt to block a field goal at the end of the half, though neither attempt counted due to penalties. In Super Bowl XLIX, Chancellor recorded 10 tackles as the Seahawks failed to repeat as Super Bowl champions. They fell to the New England Patriots 28-24.
One year into his 4-year extension, Chancellor requested a new contract. As of September 14, 2015, there had been no new contract talks between Chancellor and the Seahawks. Chancellor missed the opening game of the 2015 NFL season, a 34-31 overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams. Chancellor returned to the 0-2 Seahawks in Week 3. The Seahawks have been 10-4 since Chancellor's return. For his play in the 2015 season, he earned a trip to the 2016 Pro Bowl.
In the Wild Card round of the postseason for the 2015 season, Kam Chancellor would force a 4th quarter fumble of Adrian Peterson in a game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Seahawks would recover, and ultimately kick a field goal on the subsequent drive, giving the Seahawks a 10-9 lead, which would end up being the final score of the game.
|Year||Team||GP||COMB||Solo||AST||SACK||FF||FR||FR YDS||INT||IR YDS||AVG IR||LNG||TD||PD|
|Year||Team||GP||COMB||Solo||AST||SACK||FF||FR||FR YDS||INT||IR YDS||AVG IR||LNG||TD||PD|
- GP: games played
- COMB: combined tackles
- TOTAL: total tackles
- AST: assisted tackles
- SACK: sacks
- FF: forced fumbles
- FR: fumble recoveries
- FR YDS: fumble return yards
- INT: interceptions
- IR YDS: interception return yards
- AVG IR: average interception return
- LNG: longest interception return
- TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
- PD: passes defended
Outside of the NFL, Chancellor has done a lot to give back to his community and to his family. As a child, Chancellor often visited the Boys and Girls club. His goal is to restore the building to the significance it had for him in the past where there were activities and it was also a safe haven for kids to avoid the violence in the community. Also, Chancellor didn't have much growing up either and he wanted to give his mother things she never had. With his $34 million contract he signed in 2014 with the Seahawks, he bought his mother a new Lexus and a house which were things she never had. Chancellor's mother took care of him when he was younger and he's now taking care of her.
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