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January 25, 2015 at 7:03 PM

Transcript of Earl Thomas’ Sunday media session in Arizona

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas met with the media on Sunday. He talked about all things on his injured shoulder, playing through pain, the Patriots offense and Tom Brady and former teammate Brandon Browner.

(on his shoulder) “It is pretty good. It is pretty good, especially with this type of environment it makes it better.”

(on having doubt in his mind if he would be ready for the Super Bowl) “Since I was a kid, every time I got hurt I always came back in the game. I remember I played third base on my all-star baseball team and there was a weird ground ball that hit me in the mouth. I had braces at the time. My lip got stuck to the braces and I had to go to the emergency room. My dad said, ‘Do you want to go back and play?’ I was like, ‘Of course.’ This is me. I love competing. I am just glad we are reliving our dreams. It feels like a movie.”

(on his range of motion) “When I come alive nothing is limited. I can still play fearless and throw my body around and whatever happens, happens.”

(on whether his braces stuck to his lip or the shoulder injury hurts more) “Both of them. You can’t really feel it because you are pumping inside and you just love everything that comes with sports. The injuries, you learn from them. When I get older in my career, I will learn how to play with more focus. I can’t do what I want to do as far as creativity-wise. All of this is a learning lesson for me.”

(on how this Super Bowl is different from last year) “We did it different as far as the people. It was a different journey, different situations as far as adversity. We learn from all those situations that got us to this point.”

(on whether or not there is anything this team cannot accomplish now after the win against Green Bay) “We can do whatever we want to do if we are all together. We haven’t lost sight of the same mindset that got us here. No matter what misdirection we may give off. We still know who we are.”

(on former teammate and current New England cornerback Brandon Browner and what he brings to the Patriots) “BB. OG. His attitude. The way he prepares. The way that he loves football. Anybody that loves the game no matter what they do because everybody is going to be different. You can tell they love it and it is contagious in their own unique way.”

(on whether or not Browner will ever be recognized because he went from playing across from Richard Sherman in Seattle to now playing across Darrelle Revis in New England) “When you win, especially like a game this, in the Super Bowl, you are going to get your due.”

(on whether or not New England becomes a more dangerous team given all the adversity they have faced this week) “They are the only team in our way. They are definitely dangerous. Tom (Brady) is a general. He understands the game so well. His pocket presence is smooth. He doesn’t predetermine too much. He kind of flows with the game and that is why he has been so great.”

(on the team’s legacy after this Super Bowl) “I am too young to be thinking about legacy right now, but sometimes you don’t have to say anything because your work speaks for itself. So we definitely have that on the table.”

(on cornerback Richard Sherman referring to safety Kam Chancellor as a lion) “I think Sherm got that line from me. That is how I talk. Anytime you hear Sherm talking bold like that he definitely got that from me. Kam is – You can’t reproduce what Kam brings to this team.”

(on preparing for New England tight end Rob Gronkowski) “We worry about what we have to do. We worry about our job and it is just the personnel and the matchups. We match up very well in this game, so we are going to focus in our job and own our role. I want to be the best free safety for the Seattle Seahawks and we will see what happens at the end of the game.”

(on what his team has proven after a comeback win against Green Bay) “You should tell me, you watched the game. We were us in my eyes. I don’t over-analyze. We were just grateful to be out there. We are playing in-sync. At this time that is all you can ask for.”

(on trying to win a second Super Bowl) “It has been 10 years since a team repeated, so any time stuff like that is on the line – it is a regular game, but when you really take it like that and you play to the final whistle blows, all the love outside, because you can’t really watch. You can’t really worry about who is watching the game or what is behind the camera. You just have to focus on – this is natural. This is what we do. This is another game. Don’t let the outside sources interfere with what we have going on. After that one, I walk off the plane and I am back in Seattle and the parade and stuff like that is happening. That is when you realize what you are talking about.”

(on how to prepare for the New England running game with Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount) “They do a good job of changing it up. They have a scat-back that is a strong, physical runner. With me with this shoulder, I definitely have to have a tackling plan.”

(on whether or not it was hard to make his first tackle after coming out of the locker room with his shoulder injury) No it wasn’t hard. Really and truly, if my mental game is right my body just mirrors perfection in that aspect.

(on the benefit of coming to town and seeing Seattle fans) “The sendoff was great. Somebody needed a recorder. They had the helicopters up in the sky. Coach Carroll even had to give us a space before all this stuff happened. He was telling us keep being humble, because what we are about to go through with the helicopters in the sky, you see everybody along the highways, the gas station is packed and they have their different signs. It was nothing but love. We just don’t want that energy in the wrong place.”

(on his thoughts regarding the controversy with New England) “I don’t really hear too much about what goes on the media. I am in my own little world. I don’t watch TV too much.”

(on facing New England quarterback Tom Brady) “With me, I am banking on my experience. I am banking on eye discipline. Then we will see because you just have to get in your rhythm. You have to get in the flow of what is going on around you. You just let your body be free. You can’t really predetermine anything.”

(on sitting out some practices last week) “I practiced Friday. I was trying to get over it in my head. That is a lot to deal with. It is my first major injury in a way, so mentally I was pissed, but I got the big picture. My teammates needed me. I am going to do whatever I need to do for them.”

(on his mindset playing with an injury) “My mindset is that I have an opportunity to really trust my teammates. This is the first game I am going to have to trust them because of my injury. I really, really need to trust my teammates and that is what I am banking on – my teammates doing what they need to do and I need to come through myself.”

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