Wait, humility from Martell Webster, after his Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII? Sounds impossible. But Monday, after the Wizards held a shootaround before their game later in the evening with his former team the Portland Trail Blazers, Webster was just that. He wasn't even wearing that dreadful Seahawks headdress that he'd been sporting all last week.
And after being prompted by a question about the overwhelming fan support at MetLife Stadium, about 3,000-plus miles away on the opposite coast, Webster was matter-of-fact about the NBA needing to return there, too.
"Of course, the city deserves it. The city deserves a basketball team. Awesome fans throughout the whole stint of that franchise being there. If there's any city deserving of an NBA franchise, it's definitely Seattle," said Webster, a Seattle native.
The SuperSonics were purchased and moved to Oklahoma City starting with the 2008-09 season. They're now the Thunder, led by superstar Kevin Durant who lost to the Wizards here on Saturday. He wrote from his Twitter account after Sunday's championship game: "Congrats Seattle! You deserve it!!"
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Durant's first NBA season came during the last in Seattle.
"A great, great win for the city," Webster said. "I thought it was going to be a little bit more entertaining but defense was smothering. Dominant. Dominant effort from start to finish. I was really disinterested after Percy Harvin's kickoff return."
That moment, to begin the third quarter, made the score 22-0 en route to a 43-8 final to beat the Denver Broncos, who had the NFL's most prolific offense.
"It honestly felt like that team was confident going into the Super Bowl, knowing they weren't going to lose," Webster said. "You go back and look at all the footage, nobody was crying like, 'Oh we're so surprised we won the Super Bowl.' They knew they were going to win. I love that confidence."