Thursday marks the three-year anniversary of the most infamous play in Seahawks history — the goal-line interception against New England in Super Bowl XLIX that cost them a chance to become the ninth NFL team to win back-to-back Super Bowls.
And though Seahawks fans might not want to relive the moment, tight end Luke Willson — who in his five years with the team has gained a reputation for speaking freely — brought it back to life this week as maybe only he can, recalling the play and its aftermath in a rather raucous interview with BarstoolRadio from the Super Bowl in Minnesota.
In a clip that includes some profanity (so be forewarned) Willson candidly admits he wouldn’t have called the play, which resulted in an interception by New England’s Malcolm Butler on a pass thrown by Russell Wilson from the 1-yard line.
“Me? I’m running the ball to Marshawn (Lynch),” said Willson, who was nonchalantly pulling pull tabs during the interview.
Willson said he wasn’t mad at the play call but termed the interception “a terrible moment” and “probably the worst moment of my life.”
Willson also portrayed a scene of an angry locker room, saying players were “demanding answers” and that one player whom he wouldn’t name punched a locker and “shattered his hand.” A review of the Seahawks’ listed injuries when they returned for offseason workouts that spring didn’t reveal any significant hand injuries to big-name players.
Willson first talked of how Seattle got to the goal line — Jermaine Kearse’s circus catch for 33 yards to give the Seahawks the ball at the 5-yard line on a drive that began after the Patriots had taken a 28-24 lead.
Willson said his reaction after Kearse’s catch was that “we won this.” SeattleTimes
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