“I asked how many of our guys have played in New York,” Carroll told reporters this week. “And a few guys raised their hands, and I said, ‘Well, we’re playing in New Jersey.’ ”
“No matter what sport you’re in, when you play in New York it’s a cool thing,” Carroll said. “It just always has been because of the great history and the tradition of those games. … It was great to be there coaching there and competing there, and it’s great to go back and battle with them.”
Another Seattle player returning to his former stomping grounds is running back Leon Washington. Secured by Seattle in a draft-day trade with the Jets in 2010, Washington returns to the place where he first showcased his electric playmaking ability as a pro. He played four years for New York and earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2008.
“Back in New York, I have a bunch of friends still there, so I’ll have a few people there to see me play,” Washington said. “It’s always fun playing there because there’s a lot of attention.”