WALTHAM, Mass. — Growing up in Kentucky, Rajon Rondo didn’t have a favorite football team. His favorite football player was probably himself, before his mom made him switch sports, and unlike Paul Pierce, who embraced Boston’s sports teams during his time with the Celtics, Rondo still claims no NFL allegiance.
He was a Seattle Seahawks fan on Sunday, however, and he’s been bragging about their Super Bowl victory ever since. Well, maybe “bragging” is the wrong word.
“You can call it bragging,” Rondo said. “I call it collecting what I need to collect.”
Rondo joined with Tacoma, Wash., native Avery Bradley to place some bets with teammates prior to the Super Bowl. Unlike Bradley, whose Seahawks loyalty runs deep, Rondo’s reason for rooting for Seattle was simple: He likes underdogs, and the Hawks were 2.5-point underdogs to the Denver Broncos at kickoff Sunday.
Thanks to Seattle’s 43-8 victory, Rondo and Bradley were able to cash in. Everybody else in the Celtics’ locker room is probably sick of hearing Bradley gloat by now, but Rondo isn’t one of them. He’s the one joining in.
“I was with Avery, so with me his isn’t a pain in the ass,” Rondo said. “We just went around the locker room and talked a lot of trash to pretty much everybody that bet against us.”
Watch out, Richard Sherman. You might have some competition in the trash-talking department.