Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's happening today – Wednesday, Dec. 30 – for your Seattle Seahawks.
Jamal Adams Joins "The Herd With Colin Cowherd"
It hasn't always been perfect, but Jamal Adams' first season in Seattle already looks like a smashing success. Adams broke the single-season sack record by a defensive back (8) in just his ninth game of the season and now has 9.5 in total. He's also third on the team with 80 combined tackles despite missing four games due to injury.
The numbers are great, but it's the team success that has really made the difference for Adams. He had never won a division title or made the playoffs in his four-year career until 2020. With the Seahawks officially clinching the NFC West on Sunday and guaranteeing a top three seed, Adams will get his first taste of playoff football at Lumen Field.
On Tuesday, Adams appeared on FOX Sports' "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" to discuss the upcoming playoff run, the Seahawks' winning culture and Pete Carroll's enthusiasm. He also discussed his relationship with Carlos Dunlap II, Russell Wilson's personality and what it's like to face DK Metcalf at practice.
You can watch the full interview here and read some of the highlights below:
On the Seahawks' winning culture:
"From the day I walked in, the first thing Pete (Carroll) and Mr. (John) Schneider told me was to be myself. You know just come here and be myself and win ball games. That's what it's about. This organization is one of one, it's very unique and I'm just fortunate enough to be here."
On what makes Pete Carroll different from other coaches:
"He cares about his players -- on and off the field. I think that's what makes him special. You go to war for a coach like that, you just want to play for him. He's not a 'me' guy, he doesn't want all the praise, but you want to play for a coach like that. You'll go extra hard for him. He's full of energy, very unique. He's himself at all times and he doesn't care what anybody thinks about him, and I got his back forever man, that's my guy."
On the Seahawks' mindset as the playoffs approach:
"We're hitting our stride at the right time. I like us over anybody, that's just the confidence I have, the confidence that we have as a group. We know what type of guys we go to war with every day, we know the type of staff that's preparing us each and every week, so we're going to be ready. Whoever the matchup is when the time comes, we'll be ready for it. But at the end of the day, we just want to continue to stay focused on the mission. Our next game is against the 49ers and it's important because it's the next one."
Russell Wilson Honors Kobe Bryant After Clinching NFC West
The world rallied together when NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a tragic helicopter crash back in January. Bryant's impact continues to be felt nearly a year later, as he remains an inspiration for countless individuals.
Russell Wilson showed his love for Kobe on Sunday by rocking his jersey before and after the Seahawks victory. Russ shared the meaning behind wearing the jersey in a heartfelt speech on the field after sealing the NFC West title.
"When I think about this year, the first thing that comes to mind is No. 8, No. 24 and No. 2," Wilson said in the video, referencing Kobe and Gianna's numbers.
"Kobe, you were an inspiration to me growing up. You were an inspiration to me in the NFL, and was a pro, because I always watched how you did everything with grace, always worked hard at everything.
"You know Gigi, you were an inspiration to so many girls. Kobe, you were a girl dad."
It was an emotional, touching tribute to a true legend. Russ will undoubtedly have the Bryants on his mind as the Seahawks gear up for another playoff run.
You can watch the full video on Wilson's Twitter post above or on his YouTube channel here.
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