Kam Chancellor appears to announce retirement on Twitter ‘Time for the next chapter’
SEATTLE — Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor appears to have announced his retirement through a cryptic message on Twitter Sunday.
“I’ve played through all types of bruises and injuries at a high level. But this one, I just can’t ignore,” Chancellor said in a tweet.
Chancellor had been awaiting further clarity on his neck, which he injured in a game against the Arizona Cardinals in November. In a posting on his Twitter account Sunday night, Chancellor said his latest scans “showed no healing.”
“To walk away from the game by choice is one thing, to walk away from the game because of the risk of paralysis is another,” Chancellor wrote.
Chancellor never used the word “retirement” in his statement, which may have been deliberate. Chancellor signed an extension through the 2020 season last August which contained guaranteed money in case of injury. An official retirement could open up the possibility of forfeiting some of that money.
Chancellor was named to four Pro Bowl teams (2011, 2013-15) and was twice a second-team All-Pro selection (2013, 2014). He appeared in 109 career games for Seattle with 93 starts after being selected in the fifth-round of the 2010 NFL draft.
Read Kam Chancellor’s full statement below:
“My Last Chance!!!!!
I always prayed to God and told myself that I would play this game of football until the wheels fall off. Well the wheels didn’t fall off, but God has given me a sign that I just can’t ignore. I’ve played through all types of bruises and injuries at a high level. But this one, I just can’t ignore.
When the doctors told me what was going on in Nov, I could feel my heart drop to my stomach. The stiffness in my neck and the images that I saw had me at one of my lowest points as a Man, because football is all I knew outside of serving the Lord. To walk away from the game by choice is one thing, to walk away from the game because of the risk of paralysis is another.
My final test showed no healing. I put all my blood, sweat and tears into this game. On the field, off the field, pouring into my teammates, coaches, opponents, friends, family and so many more. God has blessed me with an amazing opportunity to show the world my gifts he has given me, and my heart to love everyone and everything. Not everyone and everything has 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. If it weren’t for everybody God placed upon me on this journey I wouldn’t be the Man I am today.
I’ve learned so many valuable lessons that I can take with me on the next journey. How to use them? I don’t know yet. But I will wait for his instructions. Love is the center of it all.
LOB 4Lyfe. I live by the Golden rules. Galatians 5:14, and it has helped me touch a massive amount of people, 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. Let’s not forget that. Forgive, forget, let go and live on. Love our brothers and sisters.
Thank you again for all of the support and Love from everyone all over. Good or bad its all received with love. Time for the next chapter. Lord take the wheel.
P.S. Pray for your boy. I have no clue how these head injuries will go after the game. What I do know is that my God is stronger. Peace and Love.”
Chancellor’s teammates are already weighing in.