NFL: Getting to Know the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks
The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks employ some of the biggest names and brashest personalities in all of professional sports. Whether you’re talking about the players or the coaching staffs, there will be several polarizing figures on the field during Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday.
Here is a biographical cheat sheet on five of the biggest names for each team heading into Sunday’s game.
Bill Belichick, head coach
Birthday: April 16, 1952
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Previous Head Coaching Jobs: Cleveland Browns (1991-1995), New York Jets (1995)
What you may not know: Belichick’s father played professional football for the Detroit Lions.
Tom Brady, quarterback
Birthday: August 3, 1977
Hometown: San Mateo, Calif.
NFL Draft: 6th round, pick 199 in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots
What you may not know: Brady was drafted by the Montreal Expos as a catcher in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft.
Rob Gronkowski, tight end
Birthday: May 14, 1989
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
NFL Draft: 2nd round, pick 42 in the 2010 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots
What you may not know: Gronkowski has five brothers, all of whom played Division I sports, and is fluent in Spanish.
Darrelle Revis, cornerback
Birthday: July 14, 1985
Hometown: Alquippa, Pa.
NFL Draft: 1st round, pick 14 in the 2007 NFL Draft by the New York Jets
What you may not know: At one point in time, Revis owned nearly 3,000 pairs of shoes.
Julian Edelman, wide receiver
Birthday: May 22, 1986
Hometown: Redwood City, Calif.
College: Kent State
NFL Draft: 7th round, pick 232 in the 2009 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots
What you may not know: Edelman was a quarterback at Kent State and was given the nickname “Minitron” by quarterback Tom Brady.
Pete Carroll, head coach
Birthday: September 15, 1951
Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.
Previous Head Coaching Jobs: New York Jets (1994), New England Patriots (1997-1999), University of Southern California (2001-2009)
What you may not know: Carroll played Pop Warner football with former NFL quarterback Dan Fouts and helped start the charity “A Better LA,” an organization that helps deter gang violence in urban areas.
Russell Wilson, quarterback
Birthday: November 29, 1988
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
NFL Draft: 3rd round, pick 75 in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks
What you may not know: He played minor league baseball for the Colorado Rockies organization while he was attending North Carolina State, and his favorite TV show is Entourage.
Marshawn Lynch, running back
Birthday: April 22, 1986
Hometown: Oakland, Calif.
NFL Draft: 1st round, pick 12 in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills
What you may not know: Lynch is the cousin of JaMarcus Russell, who is arguably the biggest bust in NFL Draft history. He also threw a touchdown pass as a rookie with the Buffalo Bills.
Richard Sherman, cornerback
Birthday: March 30, 1988
Hometown: Compton, Calif.
NFL Draft: 5th round, pick 154 in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks
What you may not know: Sherman finished second in his high school class with a 4.1 grade point average and has a near photographic memory.
Kam Chancellor, safety
Birthday: April 3, 1988
Hometown: Norfolk, Va.
College: Virginia Tech
NFL Draft: 5th round, pick 133 in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks
What you may not know: Chancellor was a high school quarterback and recently bought his mom a new house after signing his $34 million contract extension.