In an exuberant Seahawks locker room after Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle coach Pete Carroll reminded his players that they had finished a championship season by playing exactly the kind of football the Seahawks’ coaches have been preaching all year.
“We’ve done everything the way we wanted to get it done,” Carroll told his team. “I’m so proud that we are able to stand together right here at this moment.”
Carroll made a specific point of noting that in addition to winning the game 43-8, the Seahawks won the turnover battle, 4-0. And Carroll urged his players to appreciate the fact that they were celebrating around the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
“Look what you frickin’ did. Put that frickin’ trophy up,” Carroll said.
That drew a loud cheer from a team that could celebrate winning the Super Bowl, playing the game exactly the way they wanted.