By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
On Thursday the Seattle Seahawks lost two iconic players, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and strong safety Kam Chancellor. While fans had the last year to get used to the idea of life after Bam Bam Kam, losing ABD (Angry Doug Baldwin) on the same day was a double punch to the gut.
I feel like I have written a lot of these articles lately. My first was my article about cornerback Richard Sherman leaving Seattle. Truly one of the hardest articles I’ve ever had to write. I’ve written about free safety Earl Thomas also leaving the team and what that meant going forward. But this one is different. These aren’t players that decided to chase a dollar amount, which I totally support so don’t come at me, but the game taking such a toll that injuries require them to move on. Men, who by all accounts, are young and in their primes.
Kam Chancellor is beloved in Seattle and admired by all football fans. No one hit harder than Kam Chancellor. A leader and enforcer on the field, yet kind, somewhat soft spoken man off the field, he instilled fear in the hearts of offensive players everywhere. A neck injury cut his career short, but in that time he became one of the best to ever play his position. He was the Boom in the Legion of Boom.
No quit. All fight. 💪
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) May 9, 2019
Doug Baldwin was one of the most underrated players in the league his entire career. It wasn’t until the last two seasons that the media even began to give him the credit he deserved. He knew people weren’t paying attention. Undrafted out of Stanford, he and Sherman were cut from the same “play with a chip on your shoulder” cloth. This is where he got his nickname Angry Doug Baldwin. He literally said “I don’t have a chip on my shoulder, I have a boulder on my shoulder.”
But it was what he did on the field that made Seattle fans fall in love with the receiver. He and quarterback Russell Wilson just “got” each other. They were always in sync. He was always on the sideline rallying the team to get to where they needed to be mentally. He made insane catches, destroyed cornerbacks off the line, and his footwork…GOOD LORD his footwork. Sadly injuries also took their toll on Baldwin. He had two surgeries this off season and it was always a question mark whether or not he’d make it back.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) May 10, 2019
I’m not going to go through stats. I’m not going to speculate their future Hall of Fame status. None of that matters to Seattle fans. To us, these two were a huge part of the change in Seattle. The success Seattle has had over the last 8 years is in very large part because of these men.
While anything can happen, it looks as though both Baldwin and Chancellor will retire from football. With those retirements comes an end of an era in Seahawks football. With Kam leaving, the Legion of Boom is officially gone, and that’s ok. No one will ever forget the fear they struck in the hearts of opponents. Baldwin was the last offensive player, other than Wilson, who was on the Super Bowl winning team. It will be hard, if not impossible, to find another like him.
Also with their departure comes a change in attitude for the Seattle Seahawks. Whereas before they were known as mean, gritty, hard hitting, and forces of nature, the question becomes who are they now? It just feels different, if that makes any sense.
To Baldwin and Chancellor, we say thank you. You will forever be loved, revered, admired, and legendary to the fans who can’t imagine a football world without you. We are forever grateful for giving this team everything you had.
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