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Christian Petersen

Thank goodness it's TGIF one week till Blue Friday.

NFL Films Preview: Seahawks vs Broncos

VIDEO: Lakes High School loves Jermaine Kearse |
Lakes High School loves Jermaine Kearse

Seahawks overcome suspensions and injuries to reach Super Bowl XLVIII | Sport |
Seattle's road to the Super Bowl has featured injuries to star players and drug suspensions to key defenders

How Marshawn Lynch Evolved into an Elite NFL Running Back
Coming out of high school, Marshawn Lynch was a highly touted 4-star recruit. In 2003, the folks at had him ranked as the 16th-best running back in the nation. During his senior season at Oakland Technical High School, Lynch amassed 1,600 yards rushing and scored 24 touchdowns.

Steven Hauschka, Seattle kicker, fought Matt Prater for Broncos job
Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka was signed by the Broncos in December, 2010 to fill in for Matt Prater, who had a groin injury. Hauschka was six-of-seven in field goals in the final four games, then competed with Prater in the 2011 training camp.

Walter Thurmond of Seattle Seahawks says Wes Welker hit uncalled for - ESPN
"It was really uncalled for," Thurmond told reporters Wednesday. "The receiver ran right into the guy. I don't know the extent of the injury Talib had, but I thought we were supposed to protect football players in this league now. I guess not. I guess that only goes one way."

Seahawks depth chart: Robert Turbin 'working hard' in shadow of Marshawn Lynch - Local -
For the last few days, the Seahawks story line has been the postgame rant of Richard Sherman. But you'll get none of that from Seattle's unassuming, reserve running back, who is waiting patiently for his star to shine.

Richard Sherman’s Latest and his Refusal to Be a Brand | The Nation
I was done writing about Super Bowl bound Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. I was done writing about the polarizing, perspicacious, Pro Bowler who with one iconic post-game interview morphed into our latest national Rorschach test about racism and sports.

Alaska Airlines Launches 'Russell Wilson 12th Fan Airlift' Sweepstakes to the Big Apple -- SEATTLE, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Alaska Airlines and star NFL quarterback Russell Wilson are teaming up again, this time to fly a plane-load of fans to the Big Apple complete with an inflight tailgate party and admission to an exclusive game day party in midtown Manhattan. The four-day sweepstakes, the "Russell Wilson 12th Fan Airlift," launches on Alaska Airlines' Facebook page today and is open to residents of Washington, Oregon and Alaska. To enter and review complete sweepstakes rules, visit

Pete Carroll proves that positive coaching can succeed in the NFL | The MMQB with Peter King
After two previous stints in the pros, Pete Carroll got a third chance in Seattle—and proved that you can win with a smile in the NFL

Goodell comments on Richard Sherman's rant | National Football Post
“It’s an emotional game, and you see a young man who comes off the field and he’s pumped up, and there’s so much excitement in the stadium, but no, I’m not cheering for that because he’s a great young man, he’s extremely well spoken, does great things off the field, obviously a great play-er on the field. I want him to present himself in the best possible way, and make sure that he’s re-flecting on himself and his family in a positive way. He took away a little bit from the team. That was what he said yesterday. I thought that was a very interesting comment and I think it’s fair,”

Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas feels for Brandon Browner - ESPN
While the Seahawks prepare for the biggest moment of their career, one man who helped them get there is outside looking in.

Seahawks' Richard Sherman says he's no villain, shouldn't be called a 'thug'
Of all the words and criticisms and caricatures that have been hurled at Richard Sherman in the last several days, the one that stings him the most is this:

Two-year plan: How Broncos, Seahawks fast-tracked to Super Bowl XLVIII - NFL - Sporting News
Two years ago, Peyton Manning was recovering from neck surgery during a lost season with the Colts and his NFL future was uncertain. Russell Wilson, meanwhile, was coming off a Rose Bowl loss at Wisconsin and preparing for the NFL Draft. Two years later, they are the starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Bruce Irvin hopes sack drought ends in Super Bowl -
"I felt like I had a newborn child," Irvin said Thursday when he joined "The Huddle" on 710 ESPN Seattle. "I was like, man, I forgot what this felt like."

Bell: Broncos, Seahawks are crafty with salary cap
So you want to buy your way to a championship? As a USA TODAY Sports analysis of the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks pay scales illustrates, there surely is more than one blueprint for navigating the NFL's salary cap. Consider the pay of the quarterbacks.

Seahawks’ Jermaine Kearse has a habit of making big catches | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse caught the winning touchdown pass in the victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. Kearse has a history of making key catches, at Lakes High School and UW before his NFL career.

Peyton Manning better beware Seahawks safety Earl Thomas
Seattle Seahawks all-pro ballhawk Earl Thomas is the fast-closing heir to graybeards Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu as the best safety in the NFL.

Kicker helped Seahawks reach Super Bowl by not attempting field goal -
Steven Hauschka is a football genius.

Are Seattle Seahawks, second-youngest team in Super Bowl history, on verge of dynasty? | Audibles -
When it comes to team-building in the long term, football is for the young. Teams drafting well will find success year after year, while teams more interested in spackling their woebegone rosters with overpriced free agents will pay with implosion season after season. That’s not exactly news to anyone in the game not named Dan Snyder … but when looking at the youngest Super Bowl teams of all time, it’s amazing how valuable it is to get things right, right from the start.

Microsoft’s Bill Gates reps Seattle Seahawks during Jimmy Fallon appearance - Seattle Seahawks & NFL News
Bill Gates, 12th Man. The Microsoft co-founder and second-richest man in the world according to Forbes made his Seahawks fandom known on a television appearance Tuesday night as part of a “viral video” to promote his charity’s yearly update. Appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC, Gates donned a flat-brimmed Hawks cap and Russell Wilson jersey while giving the web address for the Gates Foundation’s annual letter.

Tape: my favourite players working at the Senior Bowl | Seahawks Draft Blog
Sprained his ankle during the drills and won’t play in the game this weekend. Listed between 6-6 and 6-7, 298lbs with close to 34 inch arms. Not a production machine in college but certainly a guy who fits the three-tech role currently accommodated by pending free agent Tony McDaniel. Keep an eye on this guy.

Wednesday in Hawkville: Percy Harvin, and all that he brings, returns to practice
When the Seahawks began practicing for their Super Bowl matchup against the Denver Broncos, the multi-talented Percy Harvin was back on the field after missing the NFC title game because of a concussion.

Seahawks, Broncos a contrast in offensive styles -

Pete Carroll's only season as New York Jets coach was a wild ride - ESPN
Time has weathered his boyish looks, and his salt-and-pepper hair has lost the pepper. He's no longer a boy wonder, but Pete Carroll is enjoying his wonder year at 62. He's one victory from the pinnacle of his profession and, perhaps fittingly, it could happen where he experienced his absolute low.

Sherman: ‘I’m the furthest thing from a thug’ | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
Seahawk Richard Sherman explains his Sunday rant, and insists he can only be himself.

Kam Chancellor: 'At the end of the day it’s football, it’s running and hitting' | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
Seattle safety Kam Chancellor spoke to the media prior to practice today about preparing for the Broncos and the Super Bowl atmosphere, and more. Below is some video, and after that, some of the quotes:

Broncos have become a clock-eating machine in postseason | Sports | The Seattle Times
In the team’s two playoff wins, Peyton Manning has doubled the time of possession compared to the regular season.

Sherman: ‘People took it further than football’ | Sportspress Northwest
During his weekly meet with reporters, Seahawks CB Richard Sherman talked about the racist comments he received after his interview with Fox reporter Erin Andrews.

Browns bypass Seahawks DC Quinn as head coach | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
“I had a good visit with them, and a lot of respect certainly for their organization … and I also had a good visit with the guys at Minnesota,” he said. “… Both those guys hired some great coaches. It was a great experience to go through, and then even more importantly having the support of (executive VP and general manger John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll) to have a chance to be so supportive of that, I don’t think I could be more fortunate to have better bosses than those two. To have that kind of support from those guys – to have them in your corner – I couldn’t be more fired up.”

Rain, cold, snow, wind could affect Super Bowl kicking | Seahawks Insider - The News Tribune
“(There’s no affect on footing) unless it’s snowing,” he said. “Rain, the footing is usually not a problem.”

Dave Boling: He didn't play a down, but Seahawks GM deserved game ball | Seattle Seahawks | The News Tribune
The Seattle Seahawks had dramatically subdued the invading San Francisco 49ers, 23-17, and collected in the locker room for coach Pete Carroll’s postgame congratulations and praise.

Percy Harvin: 'I'm not trying save any season' -
The Seattle Seahawks' biggest offseason acquisition has barely taken the field for the team this season. That makes Percy Harvin the ultimate x-factor in Super Bowl XLVIII.

2014 NFL coaching class awards -
Seven NFL teams fired and hired head coaches this season. Which coaches will succeed and which will struggle? The "Around The League" crew breaks it down and hands out a few meaningless awards.

2014 NFL Free Agents by team -
The New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham and the Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy are among the NFL's top free agents for 2014. Find out where your team stands and who's available on other rosters.

2014 NFL Restricted Free Agents -
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris headline a list of the restricted free agents in 2014. Will either be playing on a different team next season?

Report: 49ers considered Eric Mangini as QBs coach -
Former New York Jets and Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini reportedly was the backup plan for the San Francisco 49ers if offensive coordinator Greg Roman wound up leaving to coach another team.

Peyton Manning only Super Bowl participant with ring -
Peyton Manning will appear in his third Super Bowl when the Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks. Despite having just one ring, Peyton is the lone Super Bowl participant who has won the big game.

Brandon Jacobs clearly no fan of 49ers' Jim Harbaugh -
Brandon Jacobs won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants. His tenure in San Francisco was uneventful, and the retired running back seems to blame 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

Senior Bowl notebook | National Football Post
With the hitting coming to an end on Wednesday, which players stood out?

Richard Sherman's interview with Fox Sports cut short because it was 'dangerous' | Audibles -
Why did Fox Sports cut short the Richard Sherman interview with Erin Andrews last Sunday? The network addressed the reason in full on Thursday afternoon during a conference call with Fox Super Bowl announcers and production staffers.

Why Your Playoff Team Didn’t Reach XLVIII: NFC | The MMQB with Peter King
In the past three weeks, the Super Bowl dreams ended for 10 teams. Here, we diagnose precisely how every NFC playoff loser—New Orleans, Carolina, Philadelphia, Green Bay and San Francisco—missed out on an early February trip to New Jersey. (The AFC version can be viewed here.

Senior Bowl thoughts: Big year for receivers, not for quarterbacks | The MMQB with Peter King
MOBILE, Ala. — After spending a few days with most of the NFL world at the Senior Bowl, here are a few thoughts as the offseason gets started: 1.

Goodell: I want Richard Sherman to present himself in a positive way | ProFootballTalk
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell likes Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. And Goodell would like Sherman to think about the way he presents himself on TV.

2014 Senior Bowl: Reviewing This Week's Standout Players | Bleacher Report
After spending the week at the Senior Bowl, here are 10 prospects who stood out on the practice field from my perspective, along with some quick notes/observations from Mobile, Ala...