Seahawks coach says let Seattle's kids celebrate Super win

Mon Feb 3, 2014 2:43pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pete Carroll returned to college to revive his coaching career but the man who led Southern California to a pair of national titles thinks Seattle should shut its schools for a Seahawks Super Bowl victory party.

The city of Seattle has announced a victory parade through the streets on Wednesday that will culminate at CenturyLink Field, where boisterous fans have given deafening support to the Seahawks and are known as the "12th Man".

"Heck yeah, they should," Carroll said on Monday at the Super Bowl follow-up news conference about declaring a school holiday after Seattle's 43-8 trouncing of the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

"There's a big education happening on that Wednesday. They should all show up ... it's their championship.

"In my mind it goes to the kids. I know the adults will take it in in a big way but for the kids, that started a memory of what this is all about and being connected to your team."

After an unseasonably mild evening for the first outdoor Super Bowl staged at a cold weather site, snow kicked in on cue early Monday morning just hours after the game and before the Seahawks were to head home for a warm reception.

Seattle have been virtually unbeatable in front of their home fans over the last two seasons, losing just once while winning 17 times.

"There's no fan base that deserves this more. Nobody has worked harder at supporting their team with more passion and love and spirit than ours," said Carroll.   Continued...

Feb 3, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll during the winning team press conference the day after Super Bowl XLVIII at Sheraton New York Times Square. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports