Kam Chancellor

Kam Chancellor

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Chancellor in 2014
No. 31Seattle Seahawks
Position: Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-04-03) April 3, 1988
Place of birth: Norfolk, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Norfolk (VA) Maury
College: Virginia Tech
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 133
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Tackles: 522
Quarterback sacks: 2.0
Interceptions: 12
Passes defended: 40
Forced fumbles: 8
Player stats at NFL.com

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 at Virginia Tech, and was drafted by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seahawks, defeating the Denver Broncos. Chancellor is a member of the Legion of Boom.

Early life

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.[1]

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.[2] Scout.com assessed Chancellor as a two-star recruit and he accepted a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech.[3]

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

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.[2]

Before the 2008 season, he was moved to the free safety position, his third position change in three of four years at Virginia Tech.[4] 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.[5] After the season, he considered entering the 2009 NFL Draft a year early, but decided to remain at Virginia Tech for his final season.[6] 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.[7] The Hokies' defensive backs coach, Torrian Gray, said that Chancellor could be "the greatest safety in Virginia Tech history.[8] 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."[9] 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.[10]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3¼ in 231 lb33 in 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 [11][12]

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, he did not get 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.[13] As a result, he was added to the 2012 Pro Bowl roster, replacing San Francisco 49er Dashon Goldson.[14]

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.[13]

In April 2013 Chancellor agreed to a four-year extension worth up to $28 million with the Seahawks,[15] placing him under contract through 2017.

On February 2, 2014, the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos 43-8. Chancellor recorded an interception and 9 tackles during the game.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18] 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.[19][20] Chancellor returned to the 0-2 Seahawks in Week 3. The Seahawks went 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. The Seahawks went on to lose in the divisional round to the Panthers 31–24.

Starting the 2016 season, Chancellor was named defensive team captain for the second time in his career, joining Russell Wilson, Jon Ryan, and DeShawn Shead as the four Seahawk captains.

NFL stats

Regular season

2010 SEA 16 23 17 6 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2011 SEA 15 97 75 22 1.0 2 1 0 4 27 6.75 9 0 12
2012 SEA 16 101 75 26 0.0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2013 SEA 16 99 65 34 0.0 1 0 0 3 78 26 32 0 12
2014 SEA 14 78 60 18 0.0 1 0 0 1 52 52 52 0 7
2015 SEA 11 74 44 30 0.0 1 0 0 2 6 3 6 0 4
Total 88 472 336 136 2.0 7 3 0 10 163 16.3 52 0 40



2010 SEA 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2012 SEA 2 9 4 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 SEA 3 35 15 20 0.0 0 0 0 2 2 1 2 0 6
2014 SEA 3 26 20 6 0.0 0 0 0 1 90 90 90 1 1
Total 10 70 39 31 0.0 0 0 0 3 92 30.6 90 1 8


Personal life

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.[22] 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. [1]


  1. 1 2 "Kam Chancellor used his NFL money to buy his mom a house". Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  2. 1 2 Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech, retrieved August 7, 2009.
  3. Kameron Chancellor Profile, Scout.com, retrieved August 7, 2009.
  4. 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.
  5. "2008 Season Statistics". Virginia Tech. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
  6. "Chancellor tells coaches he'll return". ESPN. January 8, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
  7. "Kam Chancellor". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
  8. Tucker, Kyle (31 December 2008). "Virginia Tech Hokie weighs his chances at the NFL". Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  9. 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.
  10. Chancellor on Sean Taylor, January 28, 2015, retrieved April 29, 2015
  11. "NFL Combine: Kam Chancellor". NFL.com. NFL.com. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  12. "NFL Draft Scout Kam Chancellor". NFL Draft Scout. NFL Draft Scout. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  13. 1 2 "Player bio - Kam Chancellor". Seattle Seahawks. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  14. 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.
  15. Clare Farnsworth (April 22, 2013). "Kam Chancellor signed to contract extension". Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  16. "Kam Chancellor". Seattle Seahawks. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  17. Chris Wesseling (January 2, 2015). "2014 All-Pro Teams". NFL.com. AP. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  18. Tim Booth (January 11, 2015). "Wilson and Chancellor Leads Seattle Past Carolina 31-17". ABC News. AP. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  19. "Pete Carroll on Kam Chancellor holdout: "He knows where we're coming from, and we know where he's coming from"". SB Nation. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  20. "Seahawks prepare for worst, ready to move on without Kam Chancellor". ESPN. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  21. 1 2 "Kam Chancellor Stats". PFR.com. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  22. "HUMBLE BEGINNINGS - Kam Chancellor survived childhood in a rough Norfolk neighborhood and wants to help young kids there do the same". hokiesports.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015.

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