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Tuesday Round-Up: Pete Carroll accepts ALS #IceBucketChallenge
Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, August 12 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Pete Carroll To Take On #IceBucketChallenge
If you've recently had your eye on any form of social media, you've probably seen some of your friends or favorite athletes and celebrities willingly dumping buckets of ice water over their heads.
It's called the #IceBucketChallenge, and it's purpose is to help raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Participants post their #IceBucketChallenge videos to social media and nominate others to do the same to keep the awareness rolling. If a challenge isn't accepted within 24 hours, they're asked to donate to ALS research.
Early this morning, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took the plunge and nominated Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll to follow suit. Goodell's contest to Carroll comes days after USC head coach Steve Sarkisian also called out the Seahawks head coach.
"I want to thank Scott Fujita for nominating me for the ALS ice bucket challenge," Goodell said. "I’m honored to accept the challenge, and make a donation on behalf of Team Gleason. When I dry off from this, I’m going to challenge Pete Carroll and Michael Strahan."
Despite accepting and following through with the dare, Goodell said he still made a donation on behalf of Team Gleason - the organization set up to raise awareness for ALS by former Washington State University and New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason, who is currently living with the disease.
Minutes after learning of his nomination from Goodell, Carroll notified the commissioner and coach Sark that he'd be posting his own #IceBucketChallenge video after today's practice. So be sure to keep an eye on Carroll's Twitter page for a response later this afternoon.
UPDATE 8/12, 1:15 p.m. PT: Carroll completed the challenge during his press conference following Tuesday's practice. In a scene reminiscent of his Gatorade bath at the end of Super Bowl XLVIII, it was Russell Wilson and Zach Miller who doused the Seahawks head coach.
"I appreciate that," Carroll said to his quarterback and tight end. "Thanks guys. Well, I extend my challenge, I want to keep it in close to the NFC West coaches - Bruce Arians, Jeff Fisher, and Jim Harbaugh. I challenge you to go through the ice bucket challenge yourselves."
Cliff Avril Capable Of Reaching Double-Digit Sacks
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com names Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril to his list of nine players who have a shot at attaining double-digit sacks this season. Former Seahawks pass rusher Chris Clemons, who Seattle released and the Jacksonville Jaguars signed this past offseason, also makes Prisco's list.
On Avril, Prisco writes: "He had eight sacks last season, his first with Seattle, but was not a starter. With Clemons gone, Avril will start and play more on the right side. He had 11 sacks for the Lions in 2011, so he's capable of reaching double digits."
Tweet of the Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from coach Carroll, who remembers actor/comedian and former Redwood High School classmate Robin Williams, who died yesterday at age 63.
More From Around The Webputs the focus on the competition taking place in the Seahawks wide receiving corps. Farnsworth also eyes areas where the Seahawks need to improve as they ready for their Friday night preseason matchup with the San Diego Chargers at CenturyLink Field.
Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com shares three things we learned and three things we're still trying to figure out after last Thursday's preseason opener against the Broncos in Denver.
And Chris Wesseling of NFL.com has 12 takeaways from Monday's training camps around the League.
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