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Friday Round-Up: Brock & Salk Host Seahawks Legendary Coach for Final 'Pete Carroll Show'

After 14 seasons in Seattle as head coach, Pete Carroll discussed the journey with Brock Huard and Mike Salk of Seattle Sports 710AM.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, January 12 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Pete Carroll joins the Brock & Salk Show to discuss his legendary Seahawks career and look ahead to what's next.

The Seahawks announced Wednesday that Coach Pete Carroll would be moving to an advisor role, signifying the end of a 14-year run by Carroll that includes the team's first Super Bowl championship, 10 playoff berths and five NFC West titles. After giving time for the football world to process the news, Carroll sat down with Seattle Sports 710AM duo Brock Huard and Mike Salk to look back on the journey.

After three decades of climbing the collegiate and professional ranks, Carroll took over as Seattle's head coach in 2010, fresh off two national championships (2003,2004) and four Rose Bowl titles (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008) with USC. The 72-year-old now embarks on a new chapter, after leading Seattle to two Super Bowl appearances, 10 playoff berths and 137 wins. Carroll sat down with Brock and Salk to discuss the feeling of seeing his former players come together Wednesday night at Seahawks Legends Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor’s Legion restaurant in Bellevue. The reunion bridged the gap of the last decade-plus, with appearances from numerous former and current players.

"We had a great evening," said Carroll. "And we're having a blast. I'm in heaven just in the middle of all the guys and just having fun hugging it up. Out of nowhere, door opens up… and in walks Russell (Wilson)… Out of nowhere, Russ just hit the scene. They flew up from San Diego or something like that and surprised us, which just made it really fun. It was a really pretty scene of Seahawk lore and heritage and background. At one point, it's Lawyer Milloy, Kam Chancellor, Quandre Diggs, Jamal (Adams) – all of the safeties and the DBs were all just in one big circle, you know. It just tied things together in a really gorgeous way. It was really, really fun. I felt like I was in heaven. … And Doug (Baldwin) standing there saying, 'Not one of you guys could cover me.' He said, 'I'm open standing right here, right now.' It was priceless. Just priceless."

The 42-minute interview provides a glimpse at the passionate 72-year-old, as he discussed the intricacies of running a football team and relived the best moments of his time in Seattle. Carroll also noted the Croatian ties to University of Alabama Coach Nick Saban and New England Patriots Bill Belichick, after the trio all were relieved of their duties or retired within 24-hours.

"It's pretty amazing," said Carroll. "And I go back to it, I think, all-three of us are Croatian. And I can't even imagine how that ever happened. I gave those guys some trouble about that a while back - but within like two days. You know we all have that same kind of pairage in our background. I don't know how strong it is with those guys, but it was a pretty big deal for me. And isn't that odd? I mean it's just odd."

Brock and Salk relived some classic Seahawks calls from broadcasting legend Steve Raible during Carroll's tenure, before his favorite NFC Championship-clinching finish—Richard Sherman's tipped pass intercepted by Malcolm Smith, or Jermaine Kearse's walk-off touchdown catch in overtime.

"I think I take (Jermaine) Kearse's catch," said Carroll. "I love Richard's play, and all that, and Malcolm (Smith)'s. But just the finality—I think we still had to kill the clock or something there (against San Francisco)—but (Kearse's), it's the last play, no time left - that's as dramatic as you can get. It's really something that I know our followers and the 12s got a chance to be part of. We've had so many exciting, extraordinary games like that, which I would like to kind of think—it's kind of us. We featured those, and those are by far my favorite parts of the game. It's not even close, and to have a chance to finish in those moments and then to get the walk-off. To get Golden (Tate)'s catch against the Packers. Those kinds of things were just so heightened and so alive. Those were great moments. I know it's hard on them - I'm glad to have it in their background, I'm glad they got that history."

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