The Seattle Seahawks head to Santa Clara this weekend to face the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2. For both players and coaches, this will be a reunion of sorts - here's a look at which Seahawks are headed home or have ties to the bay area.
Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll spent his formative years in Marin County - born in San Francisco, raised in Greenbrae. Carroll starred on the football field for Larkspur High before heading to Marin College. After a brief spell, Carroll transferred to the University of the Pacific, where coach Chester Caddas remembers him shining at free safety. Caddas recalled the type of player Carroll was and his first-impression of him on the basketball court in a 2014 interview with Record Net.
"His enthusiasm and the way he hustled, it was like it was the finals of the NCAA Tournament, but it was just guys playing in a gym," said Caddas, who's now retired and living in Lexington, Ky. "He was a tremendous player for us. A free safety in our 3-deep look and he played the entire field. He was tall, rangy, smart and he really understood his responsibilities."
Carroll roamed the Pacific secondary as a free safety, overcoming shoulder injuries to have a solid career. After attempts to play professional football were flushed, Carroll found odd work in the bay area before reconnecting with Caddas to be a graduate assistant at Pacific. From there, Carroll climbed both the collegiate and professional ranks as a defensive coordinator over two decades.
From 1995-96, Carroll returned to his birthplace of San Francisco as the 49ers defensive coordinator.
In May, Carroll received a honorary degree from Pacific, bringing his journey full-circle.
Seahawks second-year tackle Jake Curhan stuck to his Northern California roots after high school. Curhan made a name in Larkspur, California and at Redwood High just like Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. The All-Northern California honoree as a senior opted to take his talents to Oakland to play for the California Golden Bears.
Even though the 49ers play in Santa Clara these days, the man that grew up just 16 miles outside of San Francisco gets to play at home again.
Seahawks’ summer free agent-acquisition Marquise Goodwin will be facing a team he played for for three seasons. The Olympian wideout signed with the 49ers in 2017, having a breakout season of 962 yards and 2 touchdowns (17 yards per catch). Goodwin remained with the 49ers until 2019 before sitting out the 2020 season due to COVID-19.
Just before the end of the offseason, the Seattle Seahawks acquired wideout J.J. Arcega-Whiteside via trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite making the trek across the country, Arcega-Whiteside has a close-friend and former Stanford teammate in Colby Parkinson around.
The duo was a nightmare for Pac-12 defenses as they grew a bond that's extended here to Seattle. While Arcega-Whiteside is on the practice squad, Parkinson will look to dominate the 49ers after scoring his first career touchdown against the Denver Broncos.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Tight End University's own Colby Parkinson
Burr-Kirven through Menlo Park
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven may be on the IR, but he's always going to exhibit his defensive skills. The San Jose Mercury News high school player of the decade was a bay area legend at Sacred Heart Prep before heading to the University of Washington.
Burr-Kirven is a fighter on the field, shedding blocks to make tackles - and with two moms, he’s a champion for equality for all.
Brian Schneider: Friends and Foes
San Francisco 49ers special teams coordinator Brian Schneider is more familiar than most with the Seahawks. Schneider spent the 2010s with Seattle, aiding in the Super Bowl XLVIII victory. After spending 2021 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Schneider gets to face off against his old team. Prior to working with both, Schneider was special teams coordinator for the then-Oakland Raiders in 2007.
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