For the better part of a decade, Kam Chancellor has been one of the NFL’s most terrifying hitters and toughest defenders.
But for all the physicality of his role in the Seattle Seahawks’ former “Legion of Boom” secondary, the four-time Pro Bowl safety sure values a gentle approach to his faith.
In a Sunday night Twitter post hinting at an injury-induced retirement from the game, Chancellor said his No. 1 mission, outside of showcasing the gifts God’s given him, has been “serving the Lord” with the love of Jesus Christ.
“I live by the golden rules (Galatians 5:14), and it has helped me touch a massive amount of people,” Chancellor wrote, “and I pray that they touch a massive amount of people with the love that was given to them. We are all brothers and sisters through Christ, and we were called to work together.”
Suggesting he would risk paralysis if he continues his NFL career after eight years in Seattle, the Super Bowl XLVIII champion said he learned to practice Galatians 5:14 — “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” — during his time in the league.
“God has blessed me with an amazing opportunity to show my gifts He has given me and my heart to love everyone and everything,” he wrote. “Not everyone and everything loved me back, but through the grace of God, I have been able to see the good in it all and forgive what needs to be forgiven and continue to love anyway.”
Moving forward, Chancellor said he has “no clue how these head injuries will go after the game,” but added, “What I do know is that my God is stronger.”
His comments have since been applauded by those around the NFL, including Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and Benjamin Watson, fellow believers who took to Twitter to praise Chancellor.
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) July 1, 2018
Praying for your complete healing and for clarity with your next steps. I have always respected the way you played the game. From another Norfolk native, may God continue to bless you and keep you my brother. https://t.co/q1DmZhBPl5
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) July 2, 2018
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