Interview Idol: Pete Carroll's Award for Talking to the Press is a Thing
The NFL news we've been waiting for since the Super Bowl finally was announced today:
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has been gifted the Jack Horrigan Award for his accessibility and enthusiastic cooperation with the media.
Carroll received the gong -- believed to be a chocolate microphone and a night with Suzy Kolber -- from the Professional Football Writers of America on Thursday. The Horrigan Award is given for "helping the pro football writers do their job". So, it could just as easily be called the Jack Daniel's Award.
The writers felt Carroll was just super to them during Seattle's march to Super Bowl glory. He was praised for never being "an a-hole like Bill Belichick, or sideways like Rex Ryan, or downright dangerous like Jim Harbaugh."
Apparently, Carroll is the second Seahawk to win this life-changing prize; Mike Holmgren couldn't believe his luck in 2008.
As a sidenote, OJ Simpson won the Jack Horrigan in 1975, the second year of the award. If you want to talk about helping the media out, Juice really should have repeated in 1994.