The story of the rise and rise of Justin Britt has been a pretty incredibly one. The rookie will now be playing in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.
Britt was forced to miss the unbelievable comeback that his Seattle Seahawks teammates made against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday thanks to a knee injury that severely limited him, but the starting offensive lineman will return to take on Vince Wilfork and the rest of the Patriots defense in Super Bowl 49.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed today that the 23-year old only just missed out on being a part of the NFC Championship spectacular and will almost certainly be back in the offense.
“We’ll find out. He practiced last week, he was really close,” Carroll said at a press conference according to ProFootballTalk. “We could have dressed him for the game, but it just felt like the right thing to do, he should be fine but we will find out as we go through the practices this week.”
Alvin Bailey came in at right tackle to replace Britt and struggled early on against Julius Peppers and the Packers pass rush. Bailey - went undrafted in 2013 and is 23 like Britt - managed to get more into his stride as the game went on.
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The Seahawks offensive line has been completely decimated this season by injury, with the likes of Russell Okung, J.R Sweezy and Max Unger all missing games, with third choice centers and guards having been forced to play during the regular season.
Britt has been the only ever present on that incredibly beat up O-line this year, appearing every single regular season game in 2014 as a rookie to help Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch reach the heights that they have managed this year.
Britt was a second round draft pick this year, with the Seahawks taking him with the 64th selection overall. Britt had started for two years at Missouri where he played as a left tackle for the Tigers before being moved over to the right by Carroll and his coaches.