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Virginia Beach native Kam Chancellor not offended by horde of reporters in front of Richard Sherman's booth

Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. (Mat Romanoski/Philly.com)
Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. (Mat Romanoski/Philly.com)

At this point, it would have been pretty odd for any of the Seattle Seahawks to come forward with petty concerns about the sudden attention received by Richard Sherman in the media the past few weeks.

Ever since the cornerback's post-NFC Championship exchange with the San Francisco 49ers' Michael Crabtree that started with a butt-tap and ended with face-pushing, he has been the most hotly pursued name on the roster. Sherman gave the post-game interview of the season following the incident, loudly explaining that he was the best and Crabtree was not. His detractors called him a "thug;" his defenders pointed out he went to Stanford and that there are racial implications to calling someone a "thug." It was what many would refer to as "a whole thing."

Reporters have salivated for sound bytes ever since, hoping that they can get Sherman to make some more statements or at least say something loudly. He has used a measured approach in response that has been characterized as far more indicative of his true nature. 

Sherman has also not shied away from the media, even popping out ten minutes earlier than he had to before Seattle's 12:45 cue at the podiums on Media Day. Microphones and cameras stacked 20 rows deep in front of him, eclipsing the attention given to any other Seahawk; even strong safety Kam Chancellor, a Norfolk, Virginia native and Virginia Tech grad born close enough to Super Bowl XLVIII's venue that he is technically a "local."

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  • If somebody was going to feel slighted by Sherman's monopoly on camera flashes, it might have been Chancellor, seated at the podium next to Sherman, amicably speaking with the five or six reporters there to see him. Of course, it might have been anybody, if we're generating random hypotheticals. Maybe the Seahawks just don't have a lot of small, envious players on their team. 

    But, just because somebody felt like they had to, Chancellor was asked if it was hard for Sherman to get all the attention, playing so close to Chancellor's hometown.

    "Not at all," Chancellor said. "I think Richard deserves all the attention he gets. He's a great player. He's a great person. And I think the whole team is getting all the attention that they deserve."

    It'd be tough to force that narrative - the Seahawks' horrifying defense was dubbed the "Legion of Boom" by Sherman himself, who anointed Chancellor its "enforcer."

    "I love being called the enforcer, and I love the respect from my teammates and the L.O.B.," Chancellor replied. "Since day one, I always been a guy who’s been physical. Always been a guy who brings the boom to the group. And they always looked at me as that guy. They looked at me as a big brother. Every chance I get I try to go out there and lay the boom for these guys. I play for my brothers, and we emphasize that all the time.”

    Of course, Super Bowl XLVIII is somewhat of a homecoming for more than one player, but hopefully Chancellor has a better opinion of his birthplace than Broncos safety Mike Adams.

    Justin Klugh Philly.com Sports
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