In 2013, the Seattle Seahawks’ defense became a force to be reckoned with thanks to the contributions of Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor. Together, they formed the Legion of Boom, a group that would go on to become the best secondary in the league and help lead Seattle to its first title. But it wasn’t just their skills on the field that made them stand out – they also used their platform to speak out about important issues.
In particular, the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice at the hands of police inspired voices to demand change. Michael Bennett was among those who spoke up, using his voice as a Black man to bring justice for the voiceless. He emphasized the importance of taking conversations from the locker room to the people and amplifying voices in order to share stories that needed to be told.
The impact of these events continued to resonate globally through social media and news outlets. As a result, the group had a team meeting where they had to decide how they were going to use their platform moving forward. It was an emotional conversation that highlighted just how significant their position was and how much power they held as athletes speaking out on important issues.