Seattle Seahawks Legion of Boom: Using Their Platform to Advocate for Social Justice and Change

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The group of Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, and Doug Baldwin rose to fame for their contributions to Seattle’s first title. They formed the Legion of Boom, the league’s top secondary. Meanwhile, Baldwin emerged as a dynamic wideout threat in 2013. During the Super Bowl game, Sherman caught 13 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown, elevating his team’s performance. Off the field, the trio became known for speaking out about their beliefs as Black men and using their platform to bring attention to the tragic deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice at the hands of police. Despite backlash from some fans and media personalities who criticized them for being too vocal about social justice issues, Bennett emphasized that it is important for Black men to use their voices to advocate for change. He said “It’s a story that you’re compelled to tell because that experience can one day be us or our child.” The group’s emotional conversation during a team meeting prompted them to use their platform even more passionately for social justice causes.

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