Focus on: The Captains

Posted Sep 3, 2014

The players have voted and the Seahawks’ captains for the regular season are quarterback Russell Wilson, strong safety Kam Chancellor, punter Jon Ryan and kicker Steven Hauschka

No one was more surprised by the player who was voted the Seahawks’ defensive captain for the 2014 season than the player selected by his teammates.

“I definitely was surprised,” All-Pro strong safety Kam Chancellor said. “Then I went home and just thought about it, talked to some people and I’m just ready to walk worthy of my calling. God put me in this situation for a reason. There’s a purpose in everything and this is my purpose right here.

“But I was surprised, for real.”

Coach Pete Carroll announced the captains after Wednesday’s walkthrough, but the players voted on Saturday and their selections were revealed to the team at their walkthrough that day.

“We have terrific leadership on this football team, I’m really proud to say that,” Carroll said. “But they singled out a few guys.”

Quarterback Russell Wilson is the offensive captain for the second consecutive season, while punter Jon Ryan and kicker Steven Hauschka are the special teams captains. Each will wear a “C” patch on his jersey to designate his status.

There were so many candidates to replace departed defensive end Red Bryant, the defensive captain the past seasons. And that fact is not lost on Chancellor.

“I definitely agree with that,” he said. “There are a lot of guys out there that lead by example, that do the right thing.”

It’s a group that includes the All-Pro duo of free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman, middle linebacker and leading tackler Bobby Wagner, Pro Bowl-caliber nose tackle Brandon Mebane and defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril.

That’s why being the one who was singled out means so much to Chancellor.

“I just think it’s a testament to how you treat your teammates, how you go about just being a pro athlete here in the building and how you treat others around you,” he said. “The whole lead-by-example thing and how you treat one another, I think that plays a big role in being captain.

“And also how you respect people. You treat people the way you want to be treated. I think I respect everybody around in the building and it shows.”

Just as Chancellor’s selection as captain shows his teammates respect him and how he approaches and plays the game.