Age no barrier for coach Carroll's first Super Bowl win

Mon Feb 3, 2014 1:39am EST
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By Julian Linden

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Twenty years after he started out coaching in the National Football League, Pete Carroll finally climbed the top of the mountain when the Seattle Seahawks won Sunday's Super Bowl.

At the age of 62, after being hired and fired by a handful of teams, he got his hands on the Vince Lombardi Trophy when the Seahawks trounced the Denver Broncos 43-8 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Typically, he played down his role, giving praise instead to his young and energetic team for perfectly executing their game plan.

"It's a big deal. It was a big game for us and we played great. We played the way we wanted to play," he said.

"The team was totally focused on getting this done and it played out the way we wanted it to play.

"All phases contributed. It was not really even a question in their mind that we wouldn't perform like this. We didn't ask them to do things that we don't always do and they trusted in that."

With his unbridled enthusiasm, high-octane energy and unusual motivational techniques, Carroll has always been a new-age coach ahead of his time.

The league's second oldest head coach, he blares music during practice, encourages competitive basketball and bowling between the players, and gallops down sidelines during games to   Continued...

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll holds the Vince Lombardi trophy after the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Tim Farrell