On Sunday, Seattle Seahawks’ strong safety Kam Chancellor announced his retirement from the game of football.

On his Twitter account, Kam released a statement saying his neck had not healed from the injury suffered last season, and he would be unable to continue his career in the NFL.  He made clear the choice was his and that his decision came to avoid further injury and the risk of paralysis.

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Chancellor was a fifth-round pick out of Virginia Tech and played eight seasons for the Seattle Seahawks. In 109 games he posted career totals of 606 tackles, two sacks, and 12 interceptions.  Known for his physical presence in the middle of the field, Chancellor was selected to four Pro Bowls and named a Second-Team All-Pro three times. He was instrumental in the Seahawks’ run through the 2013 playoffs and a Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Broncos.

David Rogers covers the Seahawks for Full Press Coverage. Follow him on Twitter.

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