Let us begin with a runningback named Marshawn Lynch, sometimes better knows as ‘Beast Mode’ and who I like to call ‘The Skittle King’. Now, Marshawn is a fairly private guy but much loved by Seahawk fans. In fact, this year he was fined $50,000 for refusing to speak to the media. Seahawk fans, for no reason I can make sense of, decided to raise that money so that he (a professional athlete worth millions) wouldn’t have to pay. The NFL had no choice but to revoke his fine, donate the fan money to charity and give him a firm slap on the wrist.
In 2011, during a playoff game with the Saints he made history by running a 67 yard touchdown, during which he broke 9 tackles and took down a cornerback with one arm. The crowd went wild, as Seahawk fans are prone to do. It was the first time that the 12th man registered on a seismic scale. The run is known as ‘The Beast Quake.’
Shortly afterwards, he was spotted eating Skittles on the sidelines after a big play, The fans jumped on this bandwagon and now, adorably, they throw skittles onto the field whenever Lynch does anything impressive, which is fairly often. Because of this inclination towards the colourful candies, Mars offered Marshawn a 2 year supply of skittles as well as a custom dispenser for his locker but he took the endorsement one step too far and was fined $10,000 for wearing skittle cleats on the field.
My favourite thing about Marshawn is his love of grills. He has many a grill, even one in celebration of his nickname shown here. He has had some legal trouble however with a DUI and guilty plea on a misdemeanour weapons charge but I try not to think about that.
Onwards! If you haven’t seen the Derrick Coleman’s Duracell commercial, perhaps you should follow this link before reading on.
That’s right. Derrick Coleman is the first deaf offensive player in NFL history and that sad image of his mom watching TV, is of Derrick NOT being drafted. No one wanted him, but he never gave up. He went to training camps and was eventually drafted by the Vikings and a few months later – the Seahawks. I feel like I am a walking Duracell advertisement but his really is an inspiring story.
This week something happened to make his story just a little cuter. There are a pair of rather adorable twin girls in New Jersey. When their dad told them about Derrick Coleman and all of his success, the two girls became his #1 fans, because they too are hearing impaired. After the big AFC game, one of the girls wanted to write him a letter and when her father read it, he posted it to twitter to show Derrick Coleman just how much he had inspired them. The letter is attached, along with his response and I don’t know what on earth could convince me to root for anyone else ever again!
Also on Seahawks offence is an incredibly talented player named Golden Tate; the wide receiver with the best name in the NFL.
My last Seahawk of the day is a guy named Luke Willson. Sadly of no relation to Owen or other Luke. I want to point him out because he is a rookie and has done really well this season with both Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson coming forward in strong support and praise. He’s also quite good looking and Canadian! Here is a picture of him working at a Starbucks for charity.
Now to the Bronco’s
I really must begin with Wes Welker. He is a wide receiver and return specialist in the Bronco offence and he is quite a guy. He went originally un-drafted but has now been in the NFL for 10 years and played with Patriots for 6. During this time we didn’t get a very clear picture of Wes’s personality due to Bill Belichick’s ban on personality in favour of franchise uniformity/professionalism. In fact the only time we got a real glimpse of it was when rumours began circulating that New York Jets Head Coach had a foot fetish. Wes was benched during a play off game for dropping 11 foot references during a press conference in a matter of minutes.
He is one of the few players who has been to the Superbowl but does not have a ring, he wasn’t with the Patriots for any of their winning seasons. I imagine he wants it pretty bad. This is his first year with the Bronco’s after contract disputes with the Patriots and I like to think that Wes Welker has made his great
escape and now that he’s free we should have many more juvenile and entertaining press conferences coming our way. Here is Wes Welker’s boyish face.
Wes is married to ‘Miss Hooters International 2005’.
While the Bronco’s don’t have a player with hearing impairment they do have the shortest player in the NFL which is not at all the same thing but Trindon Holliday has had to overcome his fair share of adversity too. His mother kept him out of football until grade 7 due to concerns with his size and when college recruits came around, many passed him up. He ended up at an LSU training camp and during a running drill the coaches argued with one another about his time, claiming that their stop watches must be broken. In fact Trindon Holliday is the shortest player in the NFL and also one of the fastest. He’s really, really fast. He’s also a bit of a fumbler so if a big catch goes to him during the Superbowl be afraid, and supportive and try not to breathe.
Now, no team in NFL history has ever had a perfect season, meaning they have never gone undefeated in the regular season, post season and have gone on to win the Superbowl. But Trindon Holliday just might do it. You see, Trindon was traded from the Texans this season. At the time of his trade the Texans were 5-0 and the Broncos were 13-3 but haven’t lost a game since the trade. Which means that if the Bronco’s win the Superbowl, Trindon will have a perfect season and be the first NFL player in history to do it! It’s pretty great.
On to Erik Decker and Demaryius Thomas, wide receivers who were described by their offensive coordinator as ‘two little kids in a candy store’ when Peyton Manning was traded to the Bronco’s. They were both drafted in 2010 and seem to really come as a pair. Since then, their relationship with Peyton has grown from starry-eyed to pretty close. Decker and Manning joke often about their Bro-mance, saying that they car pool to games while Demaryius Thomas caught Peytons 500th touchdown and his 55th in 2013 (the most touchdowns thrown by a quarterback in a single season). They’ll both be worth watching on Sunday.
Obviously there are some real characters on both teams, which should only be proven further by the defensive post coming soon. I’ve decided that maybe, you don’t have to choose an offence to win you over. But now you have the details, probably more than you’d like, certainly more than I would like on some big players this Sunday.
Here is Marshawn looking great
And this is another one of his grills
Here is Derrick Coleman
And Golden Tate…who is also quite attractive
This is Wes Welker with ‘Miss Hooters International 2005’ better known as Anna Burns, on Christmas wearing matching PJ’s
Erik Decker and Damaryius Thomas doing a super cool handshake
And Lastly, here is Trindon Holliday