Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, November 11 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
FC Bayern Munich Welcomes Seahawks To Germany
The NFL's continued attempts to expand the game of American football abroad led to a Week 10 matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks live from Germany. What we call soccer is referred to as football in many corners of the world including Munich, where the Seahawks are being welcomed to the city by FC Bayern Munich - one of the most-successful clubs in sports.
It took the Seahawks about 10 hours to get to Munich from Seattle, as the jetlagged Seahawks experienced this week. The team didn't get much time to settle down in Munich before heading to practice. Workouts were conducted at Bayern's training grounds at Säbener Straße, where the field is referred to as a "pitch" on the other side of the globe. Earlier this fall, Seahawks Legend Marshawn Lynch got a head-start on the team’s visit to Munich, learning more about the difference between the two games from Bayern Legend Claudio Pizarro. Seattle currently has one of the five German-born NFL players in linebacker Aaron Donkor, who boarded the team plane wearing a Bayern jersey or "kit." This week's game is not only an opportunity for Munich to learn more about American football; but for the Seahawks and Buccaneers to pay homage to this week's host.
Bayern's franchise is a member of the Bundesliga Association, the top football league in Germany. The organization has won 32 national titles since its inception in 1900, winning the DFB-Pokal knockout competition 10 times this century. Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll swapped autographed uniforms with Bayern leader Julian Nagelsmann Friday. Here in Munich, Nagelsmann's title is Manager instead of Coach, but his grit and genius are reminiscent of Carroll. The 35-year-old former player worked his way up the coaching rankings like Carroll at a young age, before becoming Bundesliga’s youngest head coach after taking over 1899 Hoffenheim in 2016. Prior to meeting Carroll Friday, Nagelsmann was asked by local media about watching Seattle take on the Buccaneers at Allianz Arena Sunday.
"I will be there in the stadium," said Nagelsmann. "It is generally difficult to transfer things from one sport into another because they are very different."
In August, Donkor and Seahawks Legend Cliff Avril squared off against Bayern stars Alphonso Davies and Thomas Muller in the Crossbar Challenge. Instead of a traditional penalty kick, both groups were forced to kick both a football and soccer ball through the goal.
Seahawks wideout DK Metcalf took to the podium in a Bayern jersey Friday after meeting the hometown team. Metcalf gave respect to the players for their abilities.
"How they kick the ball," said Metcalf. "I can't kick the ball like that, I've tried a couple of times and been unsuccessful on many occasions. But they're very skilled with their feet and how they move around on the soccer field."
From Bayern star Alphonso Davies playfully sizing up the bigger Metcalf, to punter Michael Dickson kicking soccer balls in his downtime - the Seahawks are enjoying their new experience. But nothing can deter Seattle's focus as they prepare for Sunday's battle at Allianz Arena.
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The Seahawks took a quick break from their own practice to visit FC Bayern Munich next door on November 11, 2022 in Munich, Germany. The Seahawks are practicing at Bayern's training grounds in advance of their Week 10 game vs. the Buccaneers.