Legion of Boom lands trio on All-Pro teams

Posted Jan 3, 2014

When the 2013 All-Pro teams were announced Friday, strong safety Kam Chancellor was a second-team selection, joining repeat first-team picks free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman.

Boom. Boom. Boom.

The Seahawks landed not one, not two, but three members of their Legion of Boom secondary on the 2013 All-Pro teams, which were announced Friday. Free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman were repeat selection for first-team status, while strong safety Kam Chancellor was voted to the second team.

None of the selections was surprising, as the secondary has been the best part of the NFL’s best defense during the Seahawks’ 13-3 season that earned them the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. Sherman led the NFL with eight interceptions, Thomas finished second on the club with five interceptions and 100 tackles and Chancellor was third in tackles (93) and fourth in interceptions (three).

“It is really cool,” said Kris Richard, a former cornerback for the Seahawks (2002-04) who is now in his fourth season coaching the defensive backs on coach Pete Carroll’s staff. “In our (meeting) room, we’re really blessed and it’s just fantastic to watch these guys receive these accolades. It’s just a testament to their effort and their commitment to this franchise.”

Thomas, Sherman and Chancellor were named Pro Bowl players last Friday – Thomas for the third consecutive season, Sherman for the first time and Chancellor after going as an injury-replacement alternate in 2011.

“I think it’s a great tribute to those guys and who they are, how hard they’ve prepared and how hard they’ve work,” Carroll said of the latest honors for his Boomers. “I think it does demonstrate if you play really well with the guys around you it can help your play. These guys have fed off one another in the years they’ve been here.

“The challenge is to be the best and work the hardest, and to help each other and be at their best. It’s given them a chance to really do something unique. It doesn’t happen very often (that one team gets three All-Pro players from one unit).”

Thomas and Sherman became the fourth and fifth players in franchise history to earn All-Pro honors in consecutive seasons – joining strong safety Kenny Easley (1983-85), defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy (1992-94) and left tackle Walter Jones (2004-05).

“It’s unbelievable. It’s a great honor for all of us,” Sherman said. “It’s a blessing. It’s one of the goals that we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. As a unit, we knew we could be one of the top units out there if we just played disciplined and did everything we said we were going to do.

“We have. But obviously the journey isn’t over.”

Sherman’s eight interceptions came on limited opportunities, as opponent rarely threw in his direction after he also intercepted eight passes last season.

“Richard puts himself in position and he capitalizes on his opportunities,” Richard said. “That’s all you can ask of anybody that’s out there on the football field – first and foremost, you’ve got to put yourself in position and you do that with consistency and discipline.”

No one on the Seahawks’ No. 1-ranked defense has been more consistent and disciplined than Thomas.

“It just means I’m getting better,” Thomas said when asked about his repeat All-Pro selection – which came in the same week he received the Steve Largent Award before Sunday’s NFC West-clinching victory over the St. Louis Rams.

“I don’t let it get to my head when I get success. When I get success, or when I was holding that Steve Largent hardware, I was like, ‘Man, I want some more of this.’ So when you get success, you just want more success.”

Chancellor couldn’t stick around after practice to discuss his latest honor because he had an appointment. But it didn’t stop other from talking about him.

Richard, his coach: “You’re talking about the enforcer. This guy has done it consistently over the past few years to where he’s not only starting in our secondary, but he’s a guy that we know we can count on consistently for great effort and for really great impact to where you’ve got to have awareness around him because he’s a seek-and-destroy player. That’s his mentality. He wants to dislodge you from the football, in that old-school fashion.”

Thomas, his secondary mate: “I’m just proud of Kam Chancellor. I think he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He’s done a great job. He’s elevated his game. I don’t think there’s a weakness right now. He’s playing the best ball. So I’m very excited for him.”