The Road To MetLife Stadium: Seahawks Prove Youth Can Be Served By Becoming Youngest Super Bowl Champions

Entering The Road To MetLife Stadium, much was made about the fact that the Seattle Seahawks were the second youngest team to ever play in a super Bowl. With an aggregate age of just 26.4 years, the Seahawks were second only to the 1971 Miami Dolphins team that lost to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI. With a dominating defeat of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium, the Seahawks became the youngest team to ever win a Super Bowl, proving that youth will be served. While Seattle does not need any more positive news about what history has meant to other teams in the past, the Dolphins team that lost Super Bowl VI went on to finish the following season undefeated and capped it off by winning Super Bowl VII. The Seahawks are likely to once again be one of the youngest teams in the NFL in 2014, and it is worth noting that most of the more youthful teams to ever play in a Super Bowl remain very good for years to come.

That is good news for Seattle, but very bad news for the other 31 teams in the NFL going forward. It appears as if the Seahawks are going to remain contenders for years to come, as if that is breaking news to anyone.

In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’m working as part of the Road to MetLife Stadium Preferred Blogger Program. Throughout the year I’ll be receiving special access to MetLife events and be conducting reader giveaways, with prizes provided by MetLife and Sony Electronics. However, no payment was given or expected for posting about the program, and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own.

Just take a look at some of the ages of the key players on the Seattle roster. Russell Wilson is still just 25-years-old and entering his third professional season. He is still getting better. Marshawn Lynch is 27, but he is a young 27, after not receiving as much time with the Buffalo Bills. After being extremely limited due to a plethora of injuries, many people forget that Percy Harvin is also still only 25-years-old.

Defensively, Seattle is also very young. Earl Thomas is just 24, while other members of The Legion of Boom – Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor – are both only 25. Linebackers Malcolm Smith and K.J. Wright are only 24, while Bobby Wagner and Jordan Hill are both only 23. This team is already so talented, but many of these impact players have still not even reached the pinnacle of their careers. They are still going to get better.

Again, that is very good news for the Seahawks, but it is rather scary for the rest of the league to have to hear.

I hope that you have enjoyed the coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII as well as all of the story lines leading up to The Road To MetLife Stadium. Make sure to stay tuned to Boston Super Blog for more coverage and recaps as well as analysis of last night’s game in MetLife Stadium, as well as a look ahead to where the Broncos and Seahawks will go from here.

Finally, in case you have not yet seen the video of NFL players – both past and present – signing a collaborative version of the National Anthem, then what are you waiting for? I must admit that I went into it expecting to have some laughs, but these guys were pretty impressive. Current players such as Justin Tuck and Josh Brown of the New York Giants, Greg Jennings of the Minnesota Vikings and Nick Mangold of the New York Jets, as well as former stars including Emmitt Smith and Eddie George all got together to put out quite an impressive rendition of the National Anthem. If you have not yet seen it, make sure to check it out by clicking here.

Make sure to follow all of the latest on Twitter by using the #Road2MetLifeStadium and tag @MetLifeCentral, as well as checking back early and often to Boston Super Blog for all of the latest information regarding Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium between the Broncos and Seahawks!

 

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About the author

Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.