If Pete Carroll had a chance to do it again, he would have run the football.
20 years ago, I met the man who would go on to make the worst play call in NFL history. Yep, I sat next to Pete Carroll on a flight from New York to San Francisco.
We had a wonderful conversation about the New York Jets and the Grateful Dead. Little did I know that two decades later this man would make an infamous decision that would cost the Seattle Seahawks a Super Bowl.
The Seahawks were one yard from making history and winning the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. They had a beastly back named Marshawn Lynch who is built for situations like this. Lynch nearly scored on the previous play, and was primed for a short run into Super Bowl history and MVP honors.
But instead of making the obvious call, Carroll had Russell Wilson throw the ball on a short slant pattern and Patriots’ rookie Malcolm Butler made the biggest Super Bowl interception ever.
C’mon Pete. Go with your best. Go with your beast.
Instead of Carroll and the Seahawks repeating, Bill Belichick, the coach he replaced in New England, took home the ring. Belichick and Tom Brady now have four championships together, the same as Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw of the Steelers.