The Seattle Seahawks knew they were getting a character when Pete Carroll was hired as the head coach ahead of the 2010 season. After all, Carroll was known as an outgoing, laid-back players' coach at USC, often playing pranks and planning stunts to lighten the mood. Today, at a press conference ahead of Sunday's NFL playoff game against the Chicago Bears, one reporter's cell phone received an untimely call and Carroll decided to strike up a quick conversation.
While at the podium, Carroll grabbed the phone, answering the call and telling the person on the other line "Not now, this is a press conference." One can only imagine the bewilderment the caller experienced before realizing who was speaking to them.
Check out the video here, from NFL.com
Between his sideline antics, light-hearted teasing of players and laid-back demeanor, Carroll keeps the mood light, even with the most important game of the year. It's that attitude that rubs off on his players, keeping them relaxed during the grind of the NFL season.
Snake in a cooler? Check. Players putting a car on blocks ahead of a week 17 matchup against the St. Louis Rams with a trip to the playoffs in the balance? Check. Just wait until April Fool's rolls around.