The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are slated to square off this coming Sunday, February 1st, in Superbowl XLIX and one former Seahawk is has said he is planning on telling his new Patriots teammates to target injured Seahawks Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas during the game.
These comments on targeting come from former Seahawk Brandon Browner and have saddened some of his former teammates, including Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright.
“I didn’t know he said that, but we don’t play like that,” Wright said Monday. “We don’t go out there and try to hurt guys. And I don’t care if they do have an injury. We’re not going out there trying to hurt people, and especially guys you’re close to. If he said that, it’s fine, but that’s not our main focus.”
Sherman has a sprained ligament in his elbow, while Thomas is dealing with a shoulder separation suffered in the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.
Browning acknowledged that both Sherman and Thomas are tough guys in an interview with ESPN, and they’ll both be in the Superbowl playing as hard as they can to try and get the Seahawks to become the first repeat champions since the New England Patriots in the early 2000’s.
“But at the end of the day, this is about the Super Bowl,” Browner said in that same interview. “I’m gonna tell my teammates, ‘Go hit that elbow. Go hit that shoulder. Most definitely. Try to break it if you can.’ You’re gonna be my best friend after the game, but I know you want the Super Bowl just as bad as I do.”
Wright hasn’t seen that interview, but says that that isn’t a tactic that the Seahawks would use or endorse.
“You just try to play ball and play hard. But as far as going out there and targeting certain areas, that’s unacceptable and shouldn’t be in football.” Wright said.