The Seahawks are back in the Super Bowl. Diehard fans gloat while newbies can’t jump on the bandwagon fast enough.
Some veteran members of the 12th Man are probably watching the stragglers with a Doug Baldwin-sized chip on their shoulders: “How many of you doubted us?” “Y’all didn’t believe in us!”
Okay, okay. Maybe it did take awhile for some fans to catch on.
What truly swept me in wasn’t the Seahawks’ late-season winning streak, but an ever-growing admiration for this particular team, this coach at this time. The synergy is undeniable and I don’t want it to end.
Take it all in, 12s. Something special is happening. There are no guarantees the euphoria will last beyond Sunday, but we can all revel in the incredible storylines that have emerged since that memorable NFC Championship game two weeks ago that sent Green Bay packing.
Critics have compared the Seahawks big personalities to a band of misfits, but they’re OUR gritty misfits. In fact, they’re practically life coaches on the gridiron:
- Marshawn Lynch spurns the media — and schools the NFL while he’s at it. Here’s someone trying to live on his own terms. He’s the guy who’d rather deliver than talk. No one gets his trust without working for it.
- Russell Wilson can play the worst game of his professional career and still reach the Super Bowl. He maintains focus and confidence when others are ready to throw in the towel. It’s not how you start — it’s how you finish.
- No athlete combines brains, brawn and bluntness quite like Richard Sherman, who has successfully turned trash talk into an art form. The Legion of Boom won’t be ignored. May he continue to Shermanate — and keep Tom Brady mad.
- When you have a chance at redemption like hometown hero Jermaine Kearse did, grab that opportunity and hold on tight. Kearse’s first and only successful catch during the Packers game clinched the title and a second trip to the Super Bowl.
Sunday’s matchup promises to be another one for the ages. Will the Seahawks prevail over the only NFL team to win back-to-back Super Bowls in recent years? Note the irony: This is the same New England Patriots team that fired Coach Pete Carroll and sent him down a path that eventually led him to the Seahawks.
I haven’t felt such pride since I was a student at the University of Southern California, watching Carroll transform a losing football program into a two-time national champion in just three years. So all that talk of a re-Pete? Totally possible.
What a thrill to re-live Carroll’s “win forever” philosophy with the 12th Man: Set a vision. Stay present. Always compete.
New fans, old fans of the Seahawks — heed the call. Be here now. Enjoy the ride.