SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – With the Super Bowl right around the corner many Seahawks fans may be wondering what a match-up between the Patriots and Giants has to offer them. What kind of connections can there be between Seattle and two east coast teams playing a game in Indianapolis?
Aside from being a rematch of one of the best Super Bowls in recent memory, there are five former Seahawks playing in this year’s big game.
On the New England side of the ball you’ll see Deion Branch, Niko Koutouvides and Tracy White. Wearing New York uniforms will be Rocky Bernard and Deon Grant. Stacy Andrews is also on the Giants roster but won’t be playing after being hospitalized with pulmonary embolisms in both lungs in early December.
A couple of those names were painful losses for the Seahawks, especially when you look at what the team was lacking this season. But the one name that stands out most has to be Deion Branch. In 2010 Branch, a two-time Super Bowl champ & Super Bowl MVP, was traded back to the Patriots after five seasons with the Seahawks for a fourth-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.
That pick ended up being K. J. Wright, a linebacker from Mississippi State. While Wright was a good get that late in the draft and he had a very solid rookie season with 65 tackles and 2 sacks, that doesn’t quite compare to Branch’s resume yet.
The good thing is that with the 12th pick in this years entry draft and a head coach who knows how to win games, there are potentially some great things on the horizon for the Seahawks. Maybe even an appearance at a future Super Bowl.