The group of Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor rose to prominence in 2013 as the best secondary in the league. They helped lead Seattle to its first title. Michael Bennett also emerged as a dynamic wideout threat during that same season.
But their impact on the league went far beyond football. In 2014, they used their platform to speak out against police brutality and racial injustice after the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice at the hands of law enforcement.
Bennett’s comments drew criticism from some who felt he was using his position for political gain. But he stood his ground, arguing that it was important for athletes to use their voices to bring attention to issues that mattered to them and their communities.
Their activism caught the attention of many and inspired others to follow suit. They knew they had a powerful platform and they were determined to use it responsibly.