Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck passed through radio row on Monday and had nothing but love – if not a prediction for the Super Bowl – for his former team.
Hasselback, now the backup to Andrew Luck in Indianapolis, said he’s impressed with the Seahawks’ starting quarterback, head coach and loud fans.
“If it’s not your team playing, you just root for your friends,” Hasselbeck said after hosting a Fox Sports segment with Chris Myers.
Hasselbeck said second-year quarterback Russell Wilson has had a great start to his NFL career and should not change his approach for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.
“I don’t think he needs any advice from me,” Hasselbeck said. “I hear him saying all the right things.”
In his 10 seasons with the Seahawks, Hasselbeck set many franchise records and led the team to its first Super Bowl trip. He said he learned a lot from his last season with the Seahawks under head coach Pete Carroll. He said Carroll’s coaching style, which has drawn both praise and criticism, has a record that speaks for itself.
“I wish I would’ve had more years to get to play with him,” Hasselbeck said. “I still use a lot of the things he taught me in that one year today.”
And, of course, Hasselbeck couldn’t leave out his appreciation for the 12th Man.
“I don’t think a fan base has ever contributed to so many wins,” he said. “They’re famous fans.”
When asked about who he thought would win, he said, “I’ve got to study a little bit more. It should be a great game, though, I know that.”