Former Seahawks ‘Legion of Boom’ stalwart Walter Thurmond says he’s retiring from NFL

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Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks talks with teammate cornerback Walter Thurmond #28 during Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Seattle Seahawks won 43-8. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

SEATTLE — Former Seattle Seahawks defensive back Walter Thurmond — a former member of the Legion of Boom — told the Philadelphia Daily News Tuesday that he is retiring from the NFL at the age of 28.

Thurmond confirmed the news in a text message to the Philadelphia Daily News after ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported earlier in the day that Thurmond was quitting after only six seasons.

“That is official,” Thurmond texted to the Philadelphia Daily News Tuesday, after several reports said he was stepping away from the game.

Schefter said his source told him that Thurmond has told people close to him that he doesn’t want to play football any longer and he wants to pursue other opportunities.

The Philadelphia Daily News said Thurmond has had aspirations to be a film director and is working on a documentary on the recording artist Eddie Levert, lead vocalist of the O’Jays.

Thurmond, who had played for Oregon in college, was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2010 NFL draft.

Thurmond began the 2013 NFL season serving a four-game suspension then returned to replace Brandon Browner, who was less effective in slot coverage. The Seahawks’ secondary would ultimately thrive in 2013 with him, Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, and Byron Maxwell all excelling together as the Legion of Boom.

Thurmond defended the slot throughout the season and stepped in for the suspended Browner in the postseason to help the Seahawks franchise win its first Super Bowl, defeating the Denver Broncos, 43–8.

After the success of the Seahawks’ secondary, Thurmond became a coveted free agent. Thurmond was signed to a one-year deal with the New York Giants on March 16, 2014, and then signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 11, 2015. Thurmond had his best year statistically last season, with 62 tackles, 3 interceptions, 7 pass deflections, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 safety, all career highs.

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