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Thursday Round-Up: Where Does Pete Carroll's Playing Career Rank Among All 32 NFL Head Coaches?

A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about the Seattle Seahawks.

Good afternoon, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Thursday, June 23 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Ranking Pete Carroll's Playing Career

Like many of his NFL counterparts, Pete Carroll played the game of football before he coached it. Prior to entering the coaching ranks in 1974 as a graduate assistant at University of the Pacific, Carroll, a standout quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back at California's Redwood High School, was a two-time (1971-72) All-Pacific Coast Conference free safety for the Pacific Tigers. 

But where does Carroll's playing career rank among the NFL's 32 current head coaches? Well, Kevin Seifert at recently took on that task and put Carroll in the top half of the League at No. 13, ahead of guys like Dan Quinn (No. 23) and Gus Bradley (No. 22), who were former defensive coordinators for the Seahawks under Carroll.

Here's what Seifert had to say about Carroll's time with the Tigers:

Carroll transferred to Pacific in 1971 from the College of Marin and was an All-Pacific Coast player for the next two seasons. He finished his senior season with two interceptions and got into coaching after an unsuccessful tryout with the World Football League.

Something you might not know: Probably the most interesting thing that happened to Carroll at Pacific was a near-asphyxiation during his time as an assistant coach there. That's the danger of jumping into a Hail Mary celebration pile, Pete. (Watch Carroll recount the moment in this video.)

The No. 1-ranked coach on Seifert's list? That'd be former NFL linebacker and Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, the only active head coach to be named to the Pro Bowl as a player.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from CenturyLink Field, as the Seahawks' stadium shares details on this Friday's "Summer Nights in the North Plaza" happy hour event. Tomorrow night's will feature a screening of *Star Wars: The Force Awakens *on the stadium's video board.

For more details, head over to CenturyLink Field's Facebook page.

More From Around The Web

Here at, digital media reporter John Boyle details how the Seahawks hope to draw on experience heading into 2016 and chats with a couple Seahawks fans who are new season ticket holders thanks to the team recapturing tickets from brokers.

After being named the NFL's best "defensive triplets" by ESPN yesterday, the Seahawks' trio of cornerback Richard Sherman, free safety Earl Thomas, and defensive end Michael Bennett all made's list of the NFC's Top 10 defensive players.

Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times reviews where the Seahawks' 10 draft picks stand after the team's offseason workout program and discusses defensive tackle Jordan Hill, the Seahawks' best home games and more in his latest Q&A with readers.

At the Tacoma News Tribune, Dave Boling says the 2016 Seahawks look a lot like the 2013 team and Gregg Bell writes about how the team is adjusting to life without Marshawn Lynch

With players out until training camp begins in late July, take a look back at the best photos to come from the Seahawks 2016 offseason workout program.

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