Jermaine Kearse met with the media on Monday. He talked about his stunning game winning catch, the team’s resiliency, his ability to overcome adversity, facing old teammate Brandon Browner and more. Here’s the video and full transcript of the press conference.
WR Jermaine Kearse
(On his thoughts about the game and if he’s been able to take it all in since the postgame scene) A little bit—it’s just really overwhelming. It’s kind of an emotional roller coaster. Just all the events that happened throughout that game and for us to be able to get that win was amazing.
(On answering his twitter) No—I couldn’t even get to the bad stuff. I don’t worry about all that stuff—it just comes down to us as a team.
(On Russell Wilson having belief in him) It tells a lot—just the trust that he has in me. To keep coming back to me, especially when the game is on the line, it just shows the type of bond and chemistry that we have throughout all the receivers. Doug Baldwin made some key plays on the 3rd & 6, made a really good play to set us up for that following play.
(On the best advice he got during the game) Jeron Johnson came up to me. I was talking to him and he said there were still plays out there to be made. That resonated with me, just to keep pushing forward and no matter what happened throughout the game, anything can happen—as you can see.
(On the undrafted guys taking pride in making plays) Definitely—the Chris Matthews play was huge. I talk to Chris a lot and just to see his progression, even when he was on the practice squad, and when he got elevated to the 53 [man roster] and just to see him maximize his opportunities is definitely joyful because I talk to him a lot and for him to make a humungous play like that—that may be the play of the game right there. For him to get the onside and have a heads up play like that was truly incredible, but it’s what Pete [Carroll] instills with his philosophy and this organization of just competing. He gives everyone an equal opportunity to compete and I feel like that brings the best out of players.
(On Marshawn Lynch) He was huge—his presence was definitely felt and he ran the ball hard and it just shows the impact that he has on the game with the last play. We had a run play and you saw how many people were lined up in the box—the whole team minus me and the defender, that just shows the impact that he has on the game. Players respect him enough to put ten guys in the box just to stop one player.
(On will he do anything different with the Super Bowl scheduling) You’ll just keep it the same—there’s no point in changing anything. What we’ve done to get here is what we’re going to continue to do—there’s no point in changing anything, you just have to continue and treat it like a regular game.
(On how he celebrated the win) I went to church and had dinner so it was a relaxed night and I enjoyed it with my family and friends.
(On him keeping his confidence while struggle) At the game I just told myself not to feel sorry for myself—to keep pushing through. Things aren’t always going to be perfect, things aren’t always going to go your way, but it tells a lot about a person’s character on how they respond when things aren’t going well. Things are easy when things are going well, but how do you respond when they’re not?
(On going up against Brandon Browner) I’m looking forward to it. I had my shares of going against B.B. a lot. I’m definitely looking forward to it. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
(On if he’s kept in contact with him at all) I’ve talked to him a couple of times but not much.
(On how difficult it is to get to back-to-back Super Bowls) It’s just the belief system that we have we have tremendous leaders in our locker room to keep that belief system going. You bring in new guys – they’re unfamiliar with Pete’s philosophy and the belief system that we have. But having great leaders in our locker room to be able to instill that in them and get them on board is huge and I feel like that’s what happened.
(On how he got the keys to the city of Lakewood last year and what he expects this year) I have no clue. I’m just going to enjoy this win and focus on trying to bring another Super Bowl back to Seattle.
(On throwing the ball into the stands after his touchdown and if he regrets tossing away such a special ball) That throw was more so a sign of frustration – just letting a lot of frustration throughout that whole game. I tried to throw it as far as possible. It was something that happened in the moment – it’s nothing that I regret.
(On if he wishes he had the ball) I have a Super Bowl ball so I’m happy with that and I’m going to try to get another one.
(On if there is any part of him that is still wondering how they were able to win that game) A little bit but the type of guys that we have in our locker room – it’s a bunch of different stories of different paths of how people got to where they got. I mean you think about all the undrafted guys, you think about the guys that we drafted in the late rounds that rose to the occasion. I feel like our team story is full of adversity and pushing through it and I feel like that’s what showed.
(On his brotherly embrace with Doug Baldwin after the game) It was a little bit of both. We get a lot of criticism from national media and what not. The way things went during the game – it didn’t really go well for us at the beginning but like I said, for us to keep pushing forward and keep pushing through the adversity and when a play needed to happen, we made those plays. Doug is like a brother to me. We go through a lot with each other. He’s like the older brother because he’s always defending the whole group – to have that type of leader in our group is huge.