Following Seattle's win, Carroll, as you'd expect, lauded his team's effort, saying that the game was a big statement for the young Seahawks. But before Carroll stepped away from the podium, he made it a point to toss some praise in Baumgartner's direction.
"I know it was a really big day here, but Felix Baumgartner made it today, too," Carroll said, referring to Baumgartner's skydive from more than 24 miles above the earth. "That was awesome. That was ridiculously unbelievable that he could pull that off, to do it so well. We were watching, everybody was hanging because one of his coaches, Dr. Mike Gervais, works with us and he was there at the launch so we were all very tied to that. So, hats off to Felix, man, he did it."
Baumgartner reached a maximum speed measured at 833.9 miles per hour — or Mach 1.24 — upon leaping from a space capsule at an altitude of 128,100 feet on Sunday. The daredevil actually broke the sound barrier as part of the jump, but winning over the admiration of the always wacky Carroll is just as impressive.