While the New England Patriots are pleased to be competing for another Super Bowl while getting past ‘Deflategate’, their Super Bowl XLIX opponent Seattle Seahawks are looking to become the first franchise to win consecutive Super Bowls in over a decade. On a team loaded with significant talent on both sides of the ball, it has been an interesting week for the national media covering this year’s Super Bowl to come across two teams filled with enough personalities to bring even more excitement than usual into America’s most watched annual sporting event. While Patriots head coach Bill Belichick prefers his players to keep a lower profile in terms of speaking to the media, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is more liberal in allowing his players to voice their opinions and a number of the Seahawks have taken that opportunity.
Star Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch started his week by repeating a one sentence answer to the media during his Media Day session while showing both his disdain for the process itself and his irritability with the media in general. He has generated much support from numerous fans that both feel his presence at Media Day should be excluded and that his defiance against the NFL is a refreshing stance. There is no doubt that many fans feel that Lynch’s stance against media interviews is a way to “stick it” to the NFL that has fined him multiple times over the last couple of years.
All Pro cornerback Richard Sherman is considered one of the most outspoken stars in the NFL. He is just as comfortable discussing social issues as he is trading barbs with opposing football players. After discussing the potential birth of his child, the most interesting point that Sherman discussed during with the media was how flawed the NCAA was. His position as a former student athlete allowed him to point out the difficulties of college athletes getting the most out of their education due to their extremely busy schedules due to athletic requirements like practice, weightlifting sessions, and preparing for opponents. His position against the NCAA was echoed by eccentric Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who voiced his issues against the NCAA’s treatment of student athletes in a more direct way.
The brashness of the Seahawks team can also be encompassed by wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who has been known to speak his mind in a brazen and energetic way. Baldwin has even earned a nickname from President Obama due to his personality. While the Seahawks are preparing to win the Super Bowl, they are also making news for their ability to generate fascinating conversation regardless of the topic.