The accolades keep coming for Seattle Seahawks safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas.
As members of the Seahawks’ heralded Legion of Boom, they have been named to multiple Pro Bowls and rewarded with lucrative contracts.
They’ve also earned the respect of another legendary Seahawks safety, Eugene Robinson.
Robinson played 16 seasons in the NFL, including his first 11 with Seattle. He was named to the Pro Bowl three times, twice with the Seahawks, and led Seattle in tackles four seasons.
Since retirement from pro football in 2000, Robinson has settled into a broadcast career with the Carolina Panthers and is the co-host of a Charlotte morning television show.
He took time out from appearances on radio row Friday at the Phoenix Convention Center to discuss Seattle’s current safeties.
“They are both really good,” Robinson said. “Kam is unbelievable. He can do everything. And Earl is so fast and such a good tackler.
“That’s what I always prided myself in, being able to come up and make sure tackles. That’s the No. 1 job of a safety.”
Robinson said Chancellor and Thomas remind him in different ways of Seahawks great Kenny Easley.
Easley and Robinson played three seasons together in Seattle, starting alongside each other for most of 1986 and ’87.
Robinson said he considers Easley, a Ring of Honor inductee, to be the franchise’s best. But he admitted that Thomas and Chancellor were threatening his own place in the pecking order.
Robinson pointed out how it was just 2012 when he was named with Easley as one of the franchise’s two best safeties on the Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team.
“If they win another Super Bowl,” he said, shaking his head, “that’s gone.”
The Seahawks’ last two weeks of practices since winning the NFC title have followed the same plan they used last year before winning the Super Bowl over Denver in New Jersey. It’s the same formula coach Pete Carroll used for bowl games when he coached USC: Put the entire game plan in during week before the team leaves for the game site, as if it was playing that Sunday, then repeat the same practice plans in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.
So the Seahawks have been practicing this game plan for two weeks, part of their philosophy of de-cluttering the players’ minds so they play faster.
“It does feel very similar,” Carroll said. “The process that we go through is really very much the same. What changes are the team that you’re playing and the challenges that they present, which are extraordinary. But we really do have a process and a way that we like to go through the mentality and feel like we’ve come through it now.
“It’s gone the way we’d like to and it gives us the chance to play with confidence.”
FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS, SENOR LEWIS
Friday was backup center Patrick Lewis’ 24th birthday. A Spanish-language television network crew did its homework and brought Lewis a piñata, blue-and-green cake, blue-and-green cupcakes and a party hat for him and teammate James Carpenter during Thursday’s media availability at the Arizona Grand Resort.
A young female reporter in a dress presented the surprised Lewis his gifts as the camera rolled. Teammates in the back of the room jokingly called out for Lewis to receive a “Birthday kiss! Birthday kiss!” He got a hug.
Tickets for this Super Bowl remain one of the most expensive and scarce in years. Brokers and after-market sellers here have been asking for $4,000-$5,000 just to get in the door of University of Phoenix Stadium. ... The forecast for game time in suburban Glendale: partly sunny and a high of 70. If that happens, the stadium’s retractable roof will be open, the league has said.