On the field, the trio became household names at their respective positions for their contributions to Seattle’s first title. Sherman joined cornerback Brandon Browner, safety Earl Thomas and safety Kam Chancellor in what would become known as the Legion of Boom – the league’s best secondary. Baldwin emerged as a dynamic wideout threat in 2013, his third season in the league. Through Seattle’s playoff run, the Stanford alum caught 13 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl. While with his disruptive work up front, Bennett helped Seattle become the league’s top-ranked defense. As good as the trio was on the field, they did even more important work off the field, becoming known for being vocal about their beliefs as Black men. At the height of their popularity, the group chose to use their platform to speak on three young Black men who were killed at various points in 2014 – amplifying the stories of injustice happening daily.
The untimely deaths of Eric Garner (July), Michael Brown (August) and Tamir Rice (November) at the hands of police rocked the globe, inspiring voices to demand change. CBS sat down with the group about choosing to speak out about the tragic deaths despite the backlash that came with it. Bennett discussed the importance of taking the conversations from the locker room to the people, and using their voices as black men to help bring justice for the voiceless.
“It’s a story that you’re compelled to tell,” said Bennett. “And amplify voices, because that experience can one day be us. It can be our child. Stepping into our voice, when you think about that platform – it changes when you win the Super Bowl. You see everybody starting to understand what they can do with their voice.”
Bennett recalls a team meeting as the deaths and viral instances of police brutality continued to go global via social media and news outlets.
“That was the longest team meeting I’ve ever been a part of,” said Bennett. “We had to choose what we were going to do, and the conversation. And it got so emotional, I think I stormed out and came back in. That’s when we started to realize the magnitude of who we were and who we are.”