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Seahawks & Local Ties To Super Bowl 50

A look at Broncos and Panthers players and coaches with ties to the Seahawks or the Seattle-area.

For Seahawks fans accustomed to seeing their team in the Super Bowl after two straight appearances in the big game, watching Super Bowl 50 might be a tough proposition. But even if Seattle's season is over, having been eliminated in the divisional round of the playoffs by Carolina, that doesn't mean there aren't a few Seahawks and local connections playing and coaching in Sunday's game.

Denver Broncos

T Tyler Polumbus: Played in 20 games for the Seahawks in 2010 and 2011, starting seven. Polumbus also had two playoff starts with Seattle, starting at left guard against New Orleans and Chicago in the 2010 postseason, meaning he was played a role in one of the most iconic plays in franchise history. Polumbus, who has since played for Washington and Atlanta, appeared in 11 games this season for Denver and serves as a backup at both tackle spots.

S Shiloh Keo: Attended Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett before playing at Idaho. Keo spent his first four seasons with Houston before signing with Denver late in the 2015 season. Keo gained notoriety after signing with Denver because he used Twitter to try to convince defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to sign him.

Quarterback coach Greg Knapp: Served as Seattle's offensive coordinator in 2009. Also worked with Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable during stops in Atlanta and Oakland.

Defensive assistant Chris Beake: Was a quality control coach with Seattle in 2008 and an offensive assistant/special teams assistant in 2009.


Carolina Panthers

WR Kevin Norwood: Picked by Seattle in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, appeared in nine games for the Seahawks, catching nine passes for 102 yards. Was traded to Carolina before the start of the 2015 season, and has appeared in one game.

RB Jonathan Stewart: Set a Washington state record with 7,755 rushing yards during his career at Timberline High School before going on to a standout career at Oregon. Stewart, a first-round pick in the 2008 draft, earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career in 2015, rushing for 989 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games.

Special teams coach Bruce DeHaven: Served as Seattle's special teams coach for three seasons (2007-09).

Assistant special teams/nickel back coach Curtis Fuller: Drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL draft, the former defensive back played 26 games in two seasons with the Seahawks.

Receivers coach Ricky Proehl: Was a receiver for the Seahawks in 1995 and 1996, catching 28 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns in 24 games.

Assistant special teams coach Russ Purnell: Began his NFL coaching career with Seattle in 1986, serving various roles on the coaching staff until 1994.

For Pete Carroll and the Seahawks, practice is everything and the team always competed as much at CenturyLink Field as they did VMAC throughout the 2015 season as seen in some of these best of photos. 

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