Seattle Seahawks HC Pete Carroll Talks About Why He Loved Gale Sayers Growing Up

by Charles Craighill
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In a recent interview with NFL coaches, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talked about his football hero growing up. Carroll grew up watching bears legend Gale Sayers on black and white television. In the interview, he mentions how he was “captured early by the NFL,” watching the matchups on Sundays.

“Gale Sayers was always my favorite guy,” he said. “I didn’t like watching anyone else as much as him. There’s so much about him; he could just really make it come to life. I wore his number and everything, you know,” he chuckles. “I just really like the way he played. As a matter of fact, I have a picture of him hanging on my wall.”

Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks Playoff Path

Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks control their own destiny on their path to the Super Bowl. They currently sit in the drivers’ seat of the NFC West, leading the division at 8-3. In the next three games, they have NFL cakewalks against the 4-7 Giants, the 4-7 Washington Football Team, and the winless New York Jets. A “Cakewalk” in this sense is not exactly guaranteed, but it certainly should be a win.

After a few weeks to get ahead of their division, they finish their season with a few inter-divisional games. These matchups against the Los Angeles Rams and the San Fransisco 49ers could very well decide their playoff birth. Currently, the Seahawks only have a one-game lead on the Rams in the NFC West, so their matchup in week 16 holds massive playoff implications.

The Seahawks’ only Super Bowl came in 2014, with a 43-8 pummeling of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. They returned to the Super Bowl the next year but lost on a devastating goal-line interception to the New England Patriots. Pete Carroll coached both of those teams. Many of the pieces to those two Super Bowl teams have left, but Coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson remain.