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Sneakers, golf and dad life: Our convo with Seahawks great Kam Chancellor

Former Seahawk great and Legion of Boom member Kam Chancellor has lived in Seattle for more than a decade and doesn't plan on leaving anytime soon. He's proud to call Seattle home.

We sat down with the fan favorite to catch up. From football to his new sneaker line, top PNW golf spots and parenting during the pandemic, we cover some serious ground. And once again, Kam is showing us that he really can do it all!

Seattle Refined: We just want to check in, it’s been a crazy couple of years. How are you?

Kam Chancellor: I’m doing really well. I have a great family with my wife and son. And a lot of friends around me that keep me busy and keep my mind going. Work has been good, and I’ve picked up golfing. Everywhere I travel, I play on different courses and play with different people. During these past two years, I’ve met a lot of authentic people and just really learned a lot.

Is the golfing fulfilling your athletic need while you’re not playing football?

I don’t even have the itch for the athletic need. I feel like what was, was. Now I’m focused on what’s to come. What I do have a need for is my mind to be processing something. I’m always trying to critique myself and golf helps with that and the business I’m doing off the course keeps my mind going as well.

You’re such a great leader, do you see coaching in your future?

It’s never been anything that’s been on my mind, but never say never. If that’s where God leads me, then I’d be open to it. I’m actually more open to ownership and equity coaching. We have to step it up a little bit and do it a little different now. Especially when it comes to players who have been through football and actually know what it takes to win a championship and lead a room of alpha males. There comes a point where we need to offer more. We are a part of building this big machine.

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Feel free to say no comment, but I’m interested in your opinion on the Hawks this season?

It’s hard to win when you have a lot of different moving pieces every year. It’s hard to build the cohesiveness and comradery and to be on one accord. The difference we had when I played was, we were together a long time, we knew each other and it’s easier to play for someone when you actually know them and care for them and they are family. If it’s just guys coming in and out, that’s super hard.

You just worked on a project with designer Marc Nolan, can you tell us about the “Yesler” sneaker?

We wanted to come out with a more relaxed and casual shoe that you can travel in and wear sweats in, more than just wearing jeans. We wanted to tie the shoe to Seattle and Yesler is a popular street out here and I wanted to tie it back to my second home, I’ve been here for 12 years, and I look at this as home. (Shop the Yesler here.)

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Have you always been interested in fashion?

I’ve always been into shoes. When I was younger, I always wanted certain shoes, but I couldn’t get them. When I got to a point where I was able to afford shoes, I bought too many shoes. I had a whole closet full of shoes and I thought you know what, why don’t I just start designing my own shoes.

Pete Carroll is known for wearing ‘dad shoes’ – do you think he could up his game?

I think he can up his game a little bit and throw some Yeslers on. But some people wear certain shoes because of their feet sometimes and maybe the Pete Carroll’s are perfect for his foot. So, if the shoe fits, hey!

You’ve lived in Seattle for more than a decade now. Do you see yourself staying here and what are some of your favorite local businesses to support?

I see myself staying here. We love the area, people, food, golf and biking. One of my favorite restaurants is Joey. When I first got here is 2010, I was going there almost every day. My wife and I love coffee shops. When I first got here, I didn’t drink coffee, but my wife drinks it so I ended up getting into coffee. We like Santo in Seattle and Dilettante in Bellevue.

Here at Seattle Refined, we LOVE DOGS. How’s Bam Bam?

He’s doing good! He’s been getting the best sleep of his life. He sleeps at least 14-16 hours a day. He has his partner, our other dog. He’s doing really good.

What’s it like being a dad during COVID?

I feel like it hasn’t changed a lot for myself. Being a dad is 24/7. I’m always playing with my son and teaching him something. I love to go into his room and pick him up in the morning, change his diaper. Make his breakfast. It’s been a joy, actually. I love spending as much time as I can with him. I didn’t have my father in my life, and I want to give him what I didn’t have.

What’s next for you?

Right now, I have my hands in a lot of real estate stuff and I’m getting better at golf. And I want more kids!

You’ve talked a lot about golf, what are your favorite PNW golf courses?

I love Newcastle, Chambers in Tacoma and Echo Falls.

Kate Neidigh is a freelance lifestyle writer for Seattle Refined. See more of her work on Instagram here.

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