Two years ago an NFC playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks stood at a tie at the end of regulation. The captains of each team met in the middle of the field for the coin toss to decide who would get the ball first in overtime. After winning the toss, Seahawk quarterback Matt Hasselbeck boldly said, "We want the ball and we're gonna score." Four minutes later, Hasselbeck threw an interception that was returned for the game-winning touchdown. He's been my favorite player in the NFL ever since.
To be successful in the NFL you have to be cocky. Hasselbeck isn't a jerk; he was riding on adrenaline that game and expressed pure confidence in his team – exactly what great leaders do. Now two years later, Hasselbeck is Super Bowl MVP material and much more mature then he was that day at Lambeau. Not to mention he has a great D, an experienced coach and a running back worth more than 1,800 yards this season.
The Steelers are the hottest team in the NFL, but all good things must come to an end. Go Seahawks!