Mack Strong Quotes (57 Quotes)


    Those guys will be Seahawks forever. I know that they've been an inspiration to us, just the standard that they set years ago, and hopefully they can feel a part of this.

    No doubt, we have to get No. 37 back. Whatever we have to do, (we have) to find a way to get him back and healthy in the lineup and ready to play next week.

    I can't wait until next week. I just feel like we're a team of destiny. This is a year of destiny and we knew if we came out here and played together as a team we would find a way to win.

    It was very surreal. I came home one day and she said, 'You're moving.' I said, 'No, we're not moving.' Then about a day later I call a call from a coach and he said, 'Pack your bags.' That was a weird time in our history.

    Hopefully we can start building a tradition around here where in 15-20 years from now, people will be talking about the '05 Seahawks the way they talk about those '84 Seahawks.


    We're all sort of like deer in the headlights, a little bit shocked and in awe, but at the same time we know we have to accomplish a mission.

    I think a lot of things that plagued us in the past, where we definitely had some off-the-field issues ... I think the fact that we eliminated a lot of that stuff, and we don't worry about who gets the credit, that's made all the difference in the world.

    We basically came from the bottom. I remember when I first got here in '93, we were 6-10, just coming off a 2-14 season. We were a struggling bunch, and I didn't know if my whole career was going to be marked by disappointment.

    This is a great football team. I love the guys in this locker room.

    Being undefeated at home made all the difference in the world for our team. The 12th man - the great fans in this stadium - made a difference all season, but never more than in this game.

    We came from basically the bottom. I remember when I first got here in '93, we were 6-10 and had just come off a 2-14 season and . . . had the third-worst offense in the history of the NFL. We were a struggling bunch. I didn't know if my whole career woul

    It's just a matter of guys just understanding it's time to make plays. Those opportunities in the past, when we had them, we didn't make the plays when we needed to, and this time we did. That's the difference.

    We were down there for a couple of weeks working out and everything, which was very weird, very, very weird. I'd just signed a new contract, I felt at home in Seattle, and the last place I wanted to be was Los Angeles. Fortunately, Mr. Allen came in and saved the team, and it all worked out.

    You know, we've been an underdog all year long. And that's fine. I don't worry about the odds-makers and all that stuff. Nobody even gave us a chance near the end of the season, after we ran off 11 straight games, that we would even play for the NFC Championship, let alone the Super Bowl.

    That's the biggest game that this organization has ever been in and he came through with flying colors. If there were any questions about his toughness, they should have been answered then.

    They're going to try to stop Shaun Wow, news flash. I feel like we have a balanced enough offense that if Shaun gets 50 yards, if that's all he's got, we can still win the football game. If Washington comes out and tries to put eight, nine guys in the box, then we're going to have a great day passing the football. It's going to be incredible. I think it's going to be hard for them to defend us.

    It shows that we're a complete team. This team is not just about one guy or a couple of guys. It's about everybody on this football team. Everybody that went out there on that field today that played is important.

    I don't know where that comes from. You tell me. The guy carries the ball 25 times a game and averages 100 yards a game. I don't think that's soft. Maybe because he does it with a smile.

    We knew what we had to get done. We knew the things that had plagued us in the past were turnovers, penalties and not making the plays when we had the opportunity. We were a lot more focused today. That starts with Mike and Matt.

    We were all excited. This is the playoffs. We're at home in front of our crowd and the whole city is alive and buzzing with enthusiasm. We all had to take a deep breath and just relax and get into our groove and start playing the game.

    How could anyone even suggest that This game still means a lot to us. It's not like we're going to line up Saturday and feel like it has no meaning. We want to win this game. We need to win this game.

    I was convinced that we would come out here and it would be a real celebration, that it would be a culmination of our season. But I'm looking forward to being out here and really enjoying this time, soaking this all in just as I did the Super Bowl last week, and just get ready to move forward.

    If we keep winning on Sundays, ... people are definitely going to start noticing us.

    It was very surreal. I found out from my then-girlfriend, who's now my wife Zoe, that we were moving. I was like, 'We're not moving.' So I didn't believe it at first.

    No matter who Walt is playing, it really looks like he is a man playing with little kids. It doesn't matter if a guy is a Pro Bowler. Walt just has superior strength, size and athletic ability. He is a freak of nature.

    It's the way it's always been when we travel. It's sort of light. Guys are watching movies. We travel nicely on Mr. Allen's plane. Guys are sleeping and guys are taking it easy. Nobody's really anxious at this point about what we're about to be a part of. It's sort of the same old, same old.

    I'm sure that will have to be one of many factors he'll have to consider once this season is over with. For me, there's no other line I'd want to play behind. That's a no-brainer. But that's easy for me to say after 13 years in the league. I'm not looking for the big payday like he is. He's in a little bit different boat.

    I've seen a lot of years that were very challenging. A lot of turning points, a lot of lessons learned over those years. But I can tell you with all honesty, with all my heart, it's been worth every second. The feeling I have right now, getting ready to go to Detroit to play for a world championship ... it's just tremendous.

    We have no real clue of the magnitude of this win. Maybe years down the road when the Seahawks are perennial contenders for the Super Bowl, it might not be such a big deal, but right now, this is the biggest game ever in this organization's history.

    Our philosophy on offense is to wait for opportunity. Those guys have proven they can play when they get that opportunity. Eventually, we'll get Darrell and Bobby back. Until then, hopefully those guys can continue playing well.


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