Kam Chancellor signed a five-year, $34 million contract with the Seahawks this year, and that allowed him to fulfill a promise he once made to his mother.
Chancellor said today that buying his mom a house was a longstanding plan if he made it in pro football, and his new contract made that a reality.
“I told my mom that I was going to get her a house a long time ago,” Chancellor said. “I told her I wanted to get her a house, the first thing I was going to do. Right after mini camp I went home and looked at like 20 houses in two days and there was just this one house that just stuck out and I knew that it was the one she wanted and everything she wanted. She also wanted a car, so the next time I went home I told her we’re going to go get a car from this guy’s house. We go drive to the neighborhood and she’s like, ‘Oh, these houses are nice’ and I’m like ‘Yeah, I know.’ We get to the house and the car is in the driveway and it has a bow on it. It’s a white Lexus and she pulled up to it. She loved it. She was smiling and happy and tried to open it but the door was locked. I said, ‘You have to go in the house to get the keys from the guy,’ so I’m knocking on the door and no one is answering. I have all my nephews, nieces, sisters, brothers and coaches all in the house just waiting for her and once she opened the door, everyone jumps out and says surprise. She was so happy and it just felt good. She deserves it.”
Chancellor grew up in Norfolk, Virginia in a family that didn’t have a lot of money, and he was happy to get a chance to give his mom something she hadn’t had before.
“My mom, she always had about two or three jobs all the time,” Chancellor said. “I have five siblings and we all lived together. It was kind of rough for us, but we always stuck together. We always had each other. My older sister always looked out for the little brothers, for us, just making sure we had stuff to eat, that we were taken care of and helped with homework. It was pretty rough, but my mom and my siblings kept a good job of keeping us off the streets and just keeping us out of harm’s way.”
Now Chancellor is taking care of his mom after his mom took care of him.