Kam Chancellor idolizes Sean Taylor and uses his highlights to hype himself up before every game.
Although Sean Taylor will not be suiting up at the Super Bowl, he still impacts one current Seahawk.
Chancellor told the Seattle Times earlier this month about Taylor:
“Before every game I always watch his highlights, just the way that he approaches the game. The physicality that he brings to the game. He's a big safety, he can run, cover, unfortunately we don't have him now may he rest in peace, but that's a guy that I always try to simulate my game after, and I also watch Earl Thomas. Believe it or not that's a guy beside me that goes hard all of the time, so little things from his game that I try to put into my game are making me a better player.”
Chancellor brings the same kind of physicality and intimidation factor that Taylor brought to the field. He’s listed at 6’3” and 232 pounds, which is similar to Taylor’s 6’2” 212 pound frame.
“He was a big safety, the prototype guy for the position,” Chancellor once told the Roanoke Times about Taylor. “I'm a big safety, too, and I've just always wanted to be just like him. I don't necessarily say I can be Sean Taylor before it's over, but I think I can be just as good.”
The big difference between the two was their draft stock coming out of college. Coming out of college Taylor was compared to Ed Reed and Ronnie Lott. That’s quite high praise considering one is in the hall of fame and the other will be one day. The Redskins drafted Sean Taylor with the 5th overall pick in the 2004 draft. Chancellor was less heralded coming out of Virginia Tech and was selected in the 5th round of the 2010 draft by the Seahawks.
Chancellor has developed into an integral part of the “Legion of Boom.” While Richard Sherman is known as “The Mad Genius” Chancellor is known as “The Enforcer” (according to Sports Illustrated). Chancellor has always been known as a big hitter, but has developed into a great all around player by improving his coverage skills and his ability to cover the slot receiver as well as tight ends and running backs.
Chancellor grew up in Virginia and idolized Taylor watching him when he was in high school and college. He was at Virginia Tech at the time of Taylor’s death.
Last week he posted a picture to Instagram to commemorate Taylor. Here’s the link:
In 2007 the Redskins had their own version of the “Legion of Boom” with Sean Taylor, LaRon Landry, Shawn Springs and Fred Smoot. The Redskins drafted Landry with the intention of pairing him up with Taylor for years to come. Despite only playing 9 games together they were known by Redskins fans as “Area 51” which is the combination of both of their jersey numbers.
The Redskins may never find another Sean Taylor, but they will look to improve a secondary that has never quite recovered from his death.
Here is a link to an ESPN article, which has more details on how Taylor’s family finally got justice for Sean’s murder.