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Pete Carroll embraces music with Seahawks

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The Seattle Seahawks are in the Super Bowl and they have one secret weapon. Head coach Pete Carroll has embraced music and used it to create a positive work environment and he thinks it works even if others don’t understand it.

“Music’s always been a big part of my world,” Carroll told’s Mike Silver. “And I’ve just found over the years that our game and the environment that we perform in has a beat to it. And there is a pulse and a rhythm to it, and it’s always encompassed in noise and sound and all of that. And it’s all part of something that is part of what we feel.

“And so I found out, you know, years ago back at SC that if I included the music as much as possible wherever it fit, we might be able to benefit from it. And I found some information, some reports that support that people learn better, you know, when they’re upbeat and they’re uplifted. But mainly it’s just about (the fact that) I like it. I like the feel of it. And I like the way the players respond to it.

“I mean, it’s not for everybody. I don’t expect everybody to understand that. But it’s something that’s very special and it’s a big part of us.”

In case you were curious, Carroll has good taste.

“For a 62-year-old, he has good taste,” running back Marshawn Lynch said. “He listens to all types of music. Sometimes I’ll be like, ‘What the (expletive) is that that he’s playing?’ But the majority of what he plays, everybody knows and likes. Even the oldies — he’ll play some James Brown out there, and even the youngest guys on the team will be dancing and singing along.”

Silver has a lot more input from other Seahawks players about the culture in the team and music’s role, check it out at

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