The former Olympic sprinter played through his share of adversity in 2017, earning every bit of his new contract. During the season, his son died after complications during his wife’s pregnancy. Five weeks later, Goodwin’s father died before the 49ers’ game against the Titans.
A third-round draft pick by the Bills in 2013, Goodwin holds the third fastest 40-yard dash time (4.27 seconds) in NFL combine history.
2. His essay was titled To the Islanders Faithful. It included a rather lovely valentine to the fan base he spurned, discussing their support for the team and the familial aspect of the community. You’ve got grandparents there with their grandchildren … parents there with their kids … young couples there on first dates … old couples there for, like, 40th wedding anniversaries … just this amazing sense of tradition. And then on top of that, everyone there is also somehow all there together, in a way, as part of an even larger tradition — as part of this … I don’t even know … one, big, crazy, perfect, Long Island thing, he wrote. (OK, wrote.)
He was not the league’s fastest or most athletic safety. Earl Thomas has always been the smoother, more refined of the two Seattle safeties. Chancellor’s style of play was perhaps a better fit for the early years of pro football, when fierce hitters such as Jack Tatum of the Raiders patrolled the secondary, and the Bears’ Dick Butkus and the Steelers’ Jack Lambert were huge hitters from their linebacker positions. Chancellor very much looked like a linebacker when he attacked the run.
The game is different today, which is a good thing in terms of player safety. But for a player like Chancellor, it creates a conundrum.
Would he have been just another safety had he been a more passive tackler? Would he have become a $12 million-per-year safety if not for his aggressive style of play?
Chancellor just hit 30, and the three-year extension he signed last year had not gone into effect when his career-ending injury struck. He will not officially retire until after his injury guarantees kick in fortunately for him, the figures are $6.8 million in 2018 and $5.2 million in 2019.
Those numbers are the other part of the conundrum for Schneider as he deals with the salary cap ramifications over the next two years.