So much for any pre-game venom from Eagles QB Mark Sanchez toward his former college coach, Pete Carroll, as the two prepare for another reunion Sunday in Philadelphia.
It was Carroll who had this famous reaction when Sanchez announced in 2009 he was leaving USC early for the NFL.
Sanchez, though, reiterated today what he has said in the past, that the idea of any feud between the two was a media creation.
“Oh my it seems so long ago now,” Sanchez said this morning in a conference call with Seattle reporters. “We just disagreed and it became something more than it really was. We just disagreed about one thing and that’s okay. We disagreed about a lot of things over the years and stuff. Friends do that — that’s fine. There is nothing wrong with that.
“There was never any hard feelings. He didn’t wish me ill will or hope I played poorly or anything like that. He just expressed his opinion. I had made up my mind and knew what I wanted to do and that was it. So it kind of took on a life of its own in the media.”
Sanchez, though, said he took Carroll’s reaction “as a form of respect” that Carroll so adamantly wanted Sanchez on his team for one more season.
“I love coach Carroll and I always have and I always will,” he sai.
Sanchez said he had no regrets about the decision to leave early, saying that once he had created his path in life he was not looking back.
“I wouldn’t change a thing,” he said.
Sanchez also told a story of watching Seattle’s Super Bowl win with his family and telling his father early on that it looked like the Seahawks were on the verge of a blowout, ala some USC bowl games he had participated in.
Sanchez said he told his dad that the Seahawks “are too excited. They are too energetic. They are too excited an they are too prepared and it’s going to go bananas. And thats exactly what happened. You could feel it and hear it happening.”