The trio of Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, and Doug Baldwin all became household names for their contributions to Seattle’s first title. Sherman, Browner, Thomas, and Chancellor together formed the Legion of Boom, the league’s best secondary. Meanwhile, Baldwin emerged as a dynamic wideout threat in 2013.
Off the field, the trio became known for speaking out about their beliefs as Black men, using their platform to bring attention to the tragic deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice at the hands of police. These young men chose to amplify the stories of injustice that were happening daily.
Bennett’s disruptive work up front helped Seattle become the league’s top-ranked defense. After these events, they spoke out about the tragic deaths despite the backlash. Bennett emphasized the importance of using their voices as Black men to help bring justice for the voiceless.
When discussing these events during team meetings via social media and news outlets, the emotional conversation demonstrated who they were and who they are. It prompted them to use their platform to speak out for change. Bennett said “It’s a story that you’re compelled to tell because that experience can one day be us or our child.” He added that stepping into their voice when they think about their platform changes everything after winning the Super Bowl – it makes them understand what they can do with their voice.”