Baldwin spoke to students at KeyArena on Wednesday as part of “We Day,” and he used Pete Carroll, gray hair and all, to make his point.
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin and coach Pete Carroll have always had an interesting relationship — they once engaged in a multi-season snowball fight — so it wasn’t totally surprising, if not still funny, to hear Baldwin refer to Carroll as “the old man” with the “gray hair.”
Baldwin spoke to students at KeyArena on Wednesday as part of “We Day,” an event intended to empower youth from across the state of Washington. And he used Carroll, gray hair and all, to make his point.
“I wanted to talk to you guys about leadership,” he said. “You don’t even know what I’m going to say and you’re already cheering! OK, OK, OK, before they kick me off the stage, let me talk about it. So I wanted to tell you guys what leadership is really about.
“The old man who was up here on stage just a few minutes ago with the gray hair, he’s a pretty good leader. And I want to tell you guys why. Leadership, what truly leadership is about, is about influence. And it’s both good and bad. You can be a good leader, and you can also be a bad leader. It depends on how you influence people.”
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Said Carroll: “I heard him talking a little bit of trash. I have my opportunities to get him back.”
Carroll, for his part, introduced Baldwin in a bit more flattering way: “I want to introduce to you one of my favorite competitors we’ve ever had with the Seahawks. Let’s hear it for Doug Baldwin.”