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The low-down on the Seahawks’ ‘Legion of Boom’ nickname

01/28/2014 6:00 AM

01/27/2014 6:10 PM

Seattle’s vaunted secondary is known as the Legion of Boom, a nickname personified by the defensive backs.

Seattle led the NFL in overall defense, in scoring defense, in takeaways with 39 and in interceptions with 28.

“L-O-B, Legion of Boom, it brought us together as a secondary and really brought us together as a family and a brotherhood,” said cornerback Richard Sherman, the NFL interception leader with eight. “It gave us something to fall back on, something that we could tip our hat on, that we could really say, ‘We made it. We made this. This is who we are. This is what we are. That is our personality. This is our group.’

“It also shows the depth. Legion is a vast army. It shows the depth and incorporates everything into it. We boom. You’ve got Kam Chancellor out there who’s probably the most physical safety in the league. He booms. He’s the enforcer in the Legion of Boom.

“Earl Thomas is a speed demon. Byron Maxwell makes plays every game. For the team, we try to be the spark plug. We’ve tried to be the energy. When a play needs to be made, we try to be the guys to make the play. Our team accepts and appreciates the role.”


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