If things start going sideways for the Seahawks on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, Jerry Cantrell will walk out of the room. And if you're a Seahawks fan, you'll thank him later.
The Alice in Chains guitarist and songwriter, who performed with his bandmates at the NFC Championship game last time the Seahawks were in the playoffs, recalls what happened just before the Seahawks pulled off that memorable – and improbable – comeback over the Green Bay Packers at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.
"When everything looked like it was lost, I left the box in the end zone, and started walking down the corridor," Cantrell said. "I was walking and watching, and made it down all the way to the other 20-yard line, when the Seahawks scored. Things started to turn, so I started running back. By the time we got back to the box, they had recovered the onside kick."
You remember what happened next: the Seahawks pushed the game to overtime where Russell Wilson found Jermaine Kearse in the end zone to earn a 28-22 win and second consecutive trip to the Super Bowl. The whole time, Cantrell was hanging out in the hallway by himself.
"I know that has nothing to do with it, but it really is a funny coincidence," he said. "Every time I step out, something good happens for the team. Anything for the Seahawks!"
And for you Seahawks fans, Cantrell took a break from doing whatever rock stars do to answer a few questions from us:
Q: How did you become a Seahawks fan?
A: "I was a Steelers fan when I was a kid, and Seattle didn't have a team. At the time, the Steelers were the baddest team in the '70s. Also, the fact that my dad was a Dallas Cowboys fan made the Steelers an easy choice. Finally, in 1976, we got our team and I've been a Seahawks fan ever since."
Q: What is your favorite Seahawks memory?
A: "Watching the utter destruction of the Denver Broncos in NYC at Super Bowl XLVIII with my good friend Duff McKagan. I'll also include my worst memory, which was the Super Bowl the Seahawks lost to the Steelers. I thought it was the best thing ever that my two favorite teams were playing in the Super Bowl, until I actually sat down at the game and realized one of them was going to lose. The refs threw that game, in my opinion."
Q: Whose jersey do you own?
A: I've got 'em all. Marshawn, Russell, Sherm, Wagner, Thomas, etc.
Q: What's your lucky game day outfit / ritual?
A: "Anytime the Seahawks are in a bad spot, I leave wherever I'm watching. I'm basically the guy in that commercial that whenever he goes to the bathroom, something good happens."
Photos of the Alice in Chains halftime concert at CenturyLink Field during the NFC Championship game.