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The Seattle Seahawks’ Legion of Boom Takes a Stand: Using Their Platform to Fight Police Brutality

The trio of Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor became known as the Legion of Boom, as they were the best secondary in the league for their contributions to Seattle’s first title. In 2013, Doug Baldwin emerged as a dynamic wideout threat in his third season. Michael Bennett helped Seattle become the league’s top-ranked defense.

The group spoke out about three young Black men who were killed at various points in 2014 despite facing backlash for their actions. The deaths and viral instances of police brutality continued to go global via social media and news outlets. This led to a team meeting where the group had to choose what they were going to do and have an emotional conversation that highlighted the magnitude of their platform.

The deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice at the hands of police inspired voices to demand change. Bennett emphasized the importance of taking conversations from the locker room to the people, using their voices as Black men to bring justice for the voiceless. He stressed the significance of amplifying voices and sharing a story that needs to be told.

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