As the best secondary in the league, Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor formed a trio known as the Legion of Boom. They contributed to Seattle’s first title in 2013. Michael Bennett also emerged as a dynamic wideout threat and helped Seattle become the league’s top-ranked defense. In 2014, the group spoke out about three young Black men who were killed by police at various points. Despite facing backlash for their actions, they emphasized the importance of using their voices to bring justice for those who could not speak for themselves.
The deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice at the hands of police inspired many people to demand change. Bennett urged his teammates to use their platform to amplify voices and share stories that needed to be told. He believed it was important to take conversations from the locker room to the people and emphasize the significance of speaking up as Black men in order to bring justice for those who had been silenced.
As social media and news outlets continued to spread information about these tragic events, it became clear that this group had a powerful voice that they could use for good. They had a responsibility to use their platform wisely and make a positive impact on society. And so they came together for an emotional meeting where they discussed what they were going to do with their power and how they could make a difference in their community and beyond.