The “Legion of Boom” defector wants his former legionnaires targeted.
The Seahawks’ response? Of course he does.
New England cornerback Brandon Browner won Super Bowl 48 with the Seahawks last year. Here at Super Bowl 49, Browner is wanting to win another — while teammates on offense further injure Richard Sherman, who is recovering a sprained elbow, and Earl Thomas, who is healing a dislocated shoulder.
“At the end of the day, this is about the Super Bowl,” Browner told ESPN. “I’m gonna tell my teammates to go hit that elbow, go hit that shoulder. ... Try to break it if you can.
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“(Sherman) is going to be my best friend after the game. But at the end of the day, I know you want the Super Bowl just as bad as I do.”
For the Seahawks, charter membership in the “Legion of Boom” means lifetime membership, so they still consider Browner a brother. Sherman has a framed photo of Browner’s Seahawks jersey hanging in his home in the Seattle suburb of Maple Valley.
On Monday, the Seahawks had some messages of their own for Browner.
“ ‘BB’ is like a brother to us, man,” safety Kam Chancellor said. “All I can say is, God bless his heart. His heart, it tells everything. The Man upstairs knows, so bless his heart.”
Then again: Of course an opponent is going to target ailing foes. This is not 7-year-olds scrimmaging in rec soccer.
“Of course, of course. If someone knows you are weak in an area they are definitely going to try to exploit it,” middle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “But I don’t think he meant it in a malicious way. ... It’s just all in competing. It’s his competitive nature.”
And this is Wagner’s: “Shoot, we got ‘BB,’ too. We know him, too. We know him very well. We are going to come after him, too.
“Tell him Bobby said he’s coming after him.”
Of course, it would help Wagner if he played on Seattle’s offense.
Doug Baldwin does. The receiver wasn’t offended by Browner’s targeting approach either.
“This is the Super Bowl. What do you expect?” Baldwin said. “I understand the fans want it to be classy … everything to be said politically correct. But that is the truth of the matter. We want this game just as much as they do.
“I expect nothing less from Brandon Browner.”
FUN … AS USUAL
Coach Pete Carroll began the first practice day for the Seahawks at Arizona State University by … holding yet another free-throw shooting contest.
The coach does that regularly at team headquarters in Renton. He has a regulation-height hoop, complete with standard orange and red-white-and-blue basketballs, bolted into a side floor of the stage at the front of the Seahawks’ main meeting auditorium.
That’s often after he’s been blasting Notorious B.I.G., Michael Jackson (Russell Wilson’s favorite) or other tunes players love as they enter meetings. And, of course, throughout their practices.
“It relaxes you. It really keeps you from being uptight,” linebacker K.J. Wright said. “This morning it was the same thing, everybody up shooting basketball. It keeps your nerves calm. It’s something that works for us, and it keeps our mind off the seriousness of the Super Bowl.”
So does this: After practice in nearby Tempe, the Seahawks had an afternoon film session at their Arizona Grand Resort hotel. By dinnertime, they were off, free to roam the Valley of the Sun for the night.
“The way we do things,” Carroll said, “isn’t the way a lot of other people do it.”