The Seahawks are back on the field today for the third of their three days this week of organized team activities at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. Quarterback Russell Wilson was expected to participate for the first time this week after being with Jimmy Graham in Miami Monday to attend the funeral of Graham's mentor and manager, and after Wilson attended the funeral of the father of fellow teammate Cliff Avril Thursday in Jacksonville.
Kam Chancellor was back on the field, too, as he's been all week. That is one of the more remarkable feats of Seattle's offseason.
The thumping, key strong safety seemed destined for yet another offseason surgery a few months ago. He looked out of Feb. 1's Super Bowl when he got tangled with a teammate and banged knees going for a pass at the end of the Seahawks' Friday practice at Arizona State University two days before the game, the final full practice of last season. He initially feared a more extensive injury and said he thought he might miss the game -- until, he said, his teammates gathered around him and prayed with him.
A day later, he was moving around on the knee in a walkthrough, a feat coach Pete Carroll that day called miraculous. And on Super Bowl Sunday he tested the knee pregame and then played all four quarters against New England wearing a brace over a sprained medial collateral ligament.
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Chancellor said he had the same injury while playing in college at Virginia Tech, and that further strengthened his belief he could play through it.
He took two weeks off then resumed offseason training. Instead of what in five previous NFL offseasons had become seemingly routine offseason operations -- he had hip surgery in early 2014 -- Chancellor merely rested, trained and refreshed.
"I feel great," he said this week with a grin. "Back to football form. Feel fast. Feel strong. I just feel good out there."
Asked how much better he is feeling compared to last year, Chancellor replied "Any year.
"I think this is the strongest offseason I've had since I've been in the league (in 2010). I've been actually able to train in the offseason instead of having surgeries."
Chancellor also senses his team is having its best offseason.
"Oh yeah, I told a lot of people, it feels like this offseason, everybody worked their hardest," he said. "I've seen guys out here busting their tails, the whole offseason going fast-tempo. Guys are lifting like crazy. It's just like the mindset is just sharpened. It just sharpened even more.
"We're more focused, more driven. We're just hungry for the first game of the year."
Last weekend, Chancellor hosted his sixth annual "Bam Bam's Spring Jam" back in his home area of Norfolk, Virginia, to benefit his Kam Cares Foundation. The Memorial Day weekend cookout and festival included a celebrity basketball game and attracted teammates Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner and Marcus Burley plus former teammates Brandon Browner, Byron Maxwell, Jeron Johnson, Ron Parker and Michael Robinson.
Natalie Weiner wrote this recap of the hoops game at Chancellor's alma mater, Maury High School, in her story for complex.com. In that story, Lynch is hoisting up jumpers and Weiner quotes Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor saying Sherman was a little too physical and competitive by game's end.
"Sherm took it too far," Taylor was quoted telling one of his hoops teammates.
According to this story from the Seahawks' website, Chancellor's foundation presented two checks of $1,500 each to two Norfolk-area high school students from single-parent homes who had achieved a grade-point-average of 2.8 or higher.
"I want to create a big family out here," Chancellor said in the story on seahawks.com. "By doing this every year, it's starting to grow every year. The family is getting bigger and bigger. The relationships out here are getting closer and closer. I want everyone to know one another and support each other.
"I think you can't do things alone in life, you've got to have a friend. I believe that having everyone together as a family is how you start it all."