Kam Chancellor's playing career ended before anyone wanted it to. The Seattle Seahawks star suffered a devastating neck and nerve injury in a win over the Arizona Cardinals on November 9th, 2017, leaving doctors unable to ever clear his return to the field due to the significant risk of paralysis.
Given the leadership position he assumed with Seattle as the backbone of the “Legion of Doom,” though, many have wondered whether Chancellor might be interested in making his NFL comeback as a coach. But during a Wednesday interview with former teammate Cliff Avril on the Cliff and Puck Show, the four-time Pro Bowler suggested he's unlikely to resurface as a coach.
“I always keep everything open because you never now where life is going to take you,” Chancellor said, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. “But right now I don’t see it.”
Coaching isn't the only aspect of the game he seems uninterested in, either. After more than two decades of making football his priority, Chancellor seems to be relishing time away from it.
“I’ve got a lot of free time to do other things that I like to do with myself,” he said. “Work on business things that me and my wife are involved in. I get to expand my horizons a little more.”
Chancellor, who lives in Seattle, enjoys hiking, and says he “loves the nature” in his adopted hometown, offered a similar response when probed about the biggest difference in his life without football.
“I guess the only difference is I’m not in that much pain anymore,” he said.
The 31-year-old Chancellor never officially announced his retirement from the NFL, finishing his career with 606 tackles, 12 interceptions, and nine forced fumbles.