Seahawks heading to title game with zero Super Bowl experience
SEATTLE - Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor has never played in the Super Bowl. He can only imagine what it's going to be like.
"I really don't know what to expect," Chancellor said. "Being my first time in the Super Bowl, I know it's going to be tons of media and tons of people out there. My family is going to be out there. I'm just blessed for this opportunity."
Chancellor isn't the only Seahawk to never play in the Super Bowl -- none of them have. That makes Seattle the first team in the title tilt since 1990 to not have a single player with Super Bowl experience.
"Whatever happens, this is a new experience," said safety Earl Thomas. "I haven't been there before. It's surreal. It's like a dream, so anything that comes, it just comes. I'm just going to adapt to it."
This is new to the Seahawks coaches, too, including head coach Pete Carroll. He's worked on and off NFL sidelines since 1984, and this is his first Super Bowl appearance.
"I was a young kid, watching these games and always thinking I'd like to be part of it someday," said Carroll. "I pictured playing and not coaching, but we all have those kinds of dreams."
When you haven't played in the Super Bowl, you talk to guys who have. That's what quarterback Russell Wilson did, reaching out to players like New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees.
"Even with all the cameras and all the lights, it's no different," said Wilson. "The whistle is going to blow and it's still going to be first, second, and third down, and it's still going to be a game on the line.
"We want to win a lot of Super Bowls, and to do that, you have to win the first one. We're excited about it. All of our guys are fired up."
The Seahawks square off against the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It's only the second Super Bowl appearance in Seattle history.