Jamal Adams brings Legion of Boom-like talent, intensity back to Seahawks' secondary
With two Pro Bowls and a first-team All-Pro selection in three NFL seasons, Adams' pedigree is on a different level.
"There's so many things that he does well that we're excited about fitting that together as we move forward," coach Pete Carroll said last week. "It doesn't seem like uncharted territory for me at all because I've been very fortunate and have coached some really, really good safeties over the years, and I see traits of Jamal in all of those guys. He can do everything that we want a guy to do."
Carroll cited Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu, whom he coached at USC, as a good comparison for Adams, their dissimilar physical profile aside.
"There's some real similarities," Carroll said. "Forget the stature part of it, the way they look. It's the nature that they play with is similar. They play with such amazing confidence that when they see things, they go get things."
There was a ruthlessness that defined the Legion of Boom as much as talent. Brandon Browner, once the NFL's most physical cornerback, welcomed Terrell Owens to training camp by driving the future Hall of Famer into the turf, then stepping over him with an Allen Iverson-like punctuation.
Sherman shied away from no one and would tangle with anyone in practice, even his best friend, Doug Baldwin.
Thomas was so intense that he hardly cracked a smile during a 2013 press conference celebrating his record contract extension.
Chancellor was one of the league's most feared players, a team captain and a tone-setter on the field and in the locker room.
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