Seattle Seahawks suffered arguably the most devastating Super Bowl defeat in history in February when a late interception by Malcolm Butler propelled the New England Patriots to victory.
It should have been so different. The Seahawks were after all at the one-yard line on a 2nd down and goal play.
Despite having Marshawn Lynch, the league's premier dominant short yardage back, in the backfield, Seattle chose to pass the ball and immediately regretted the decision.
In one of the most obvious pick plays in NFL history, quarterback Russell Wilson attempted to find the Seahawks' number three wideout Ricardo Lockette, but was instead intercepted by the Patriots' Butler on the dramatic game-winning play.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll was heavily criticized post-game for deciding to give Lynch the ball at the one-yard line, a decision which left Carroll and star cornerback Richard Sherman in a state of visible devastation that was caught memorably and perfectly by television cameras on the day.
There is no doubt that getting over the Super Bowl will take a great deal of time for the Seahawks and they will be still reeling from it now. But Sherman believes he has found the perfect way to move on from the tragedy.
“I guess (we approach 2015) the same way we recovered after the Super Bowl win the year before — you wash it off and clean slate," Sherman told FOX Sports.
"When you win it doesn’t give you anything going into the next year and when you lose it doesn’t take anything away going into the next year. So you treat it like a clean slate and you go in and you get back to the grindstone.”
Sherman was severely hindered during Super Bowl XLIX because of an elbow sprain injury he suffered in Seattle's 28-22 NFC Championship Game win over Green Bay Packers, and Sherman has now given fans an update on his recovery from the injury.
“It’s doing a lot better. Obviously, the scar tissue is still there but my mobility is there, I’m able to have a lot more strength in my extension than I had at the end of the season," added Sherman. "It just comes down to time and working and trying to get that scar tissue more flexible than it was.”
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