The Legion of Boom, consisting of Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor, emerged as the best secondary in the league during Seattle’s first title run. Michael Bennett also contributed significantly to the team’s defense. In 2013, Doug Baldwin became a dynamic threat on the field as he entered his third season.
However, it was in 2014 that the group spoke out about three young Black men who were killed by police officers at various points in time. Their actions sparked protests and calls for change in response to the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice at the hands of law enforcement.
Bennett emphasized the importance of using their voices as Black men to bring justice to those who have been silenced. He urged them to amplify their voices and share stories that needed to be told. The deaths and instances of police brutality continued to go global through social media and news outlets. As a result, the group had a team meeting where they discussed what they were going to do with their platform and had an emotional conversation about its significance.