I could talk about the significant 43-8 demolition win the Seahawks accomplished on Sunday night. I could go on and on about how they managed to keep Peyton Manning under pressure all night. Or how they managed to score in the first 12 seconds of the first quarter. I could spout off about the numerous Super Bowl records that were tied/set by both teams. Or how almost every play in every quarter kept you saying “DID YOU SEE THAT?!” and pinching yourself to make sure you weren’t dreaming.
But I won’t. You know why? Because every Seahawks football player that was in MetLife Stadium Sunday evening doesn’t care about that.
What they care about is what this win means to them and to others. Okay okay, yes, all the games were important and meant something. But this game, the most important game ever in their lives, meant more to them than anything.
Out of 53 men, 21 guys were undrafted. The majority of the roster were drafted after the 2nd or 3rd round. Talk about a chip on your shoulder. And these aren’t crumbs, these chips are gigantic. This is no regular chip though, let me tell ya. These kind of chips cause shoulder aches because they’re so big. These kind of chips keep you up at night, vowing to prove everybody wrong. Seattle showed that your draft pick means absolutely nothing after it happens. The common misconception is when you’re drafted earlier, you’re worth more. But the Seahawks players showed us that your worth isn’t dictated by your round and pick overall but how you display your talent on the field. Your worth comes from the sweat, time and intensity you put on the field. Sunday night, they played with the highest intensity ever. “Not everything is handed to you, you have to work for it!” is the lesson they taught the world.
Russell Wilson talked about how his father always asked him “Why not you Russ? Why can’t you be a champion?” He talked to his team at the beginning of the season and asked them those same questions. “Why not us?” That speech added fuel to the fire.
Pete Carroll and 53 men walked in the stadium as regular pro football players and walked out as Super Bowl Champions.