Pete Carroll thinks Macklemore is the 'best performer in the world'

Macklemore has been spending a lot time around the Seahawks. (USATSI)
Macklemore has been spending a lot time around the Seahawks. (USATSI)

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- It's a good thing Pete Carroll wasn't in charge of handing out Grammy Awards on Sunday because he probably would've given them all to Macklemore. Even without Carroll's help though, the Seattle rapper still won big at the Grammys, taking home four awards. 

Why are we talking about a rapper during Super Bowl week? Because that's what Pete Carroll's talking about. Carroll was asked about Macklemore on Monday and instead of saying, "Lets forget about rapping and talk about football," Carroll jumped head first into the subject.  

"It was a really cool thing for our area," Carroll said of Macklemore winning four Grammys. "A guy growing up in Seattle. He had an extraordinary following locally that nobody knew about and didn't really understand why at the time. The story has been told that we found him on the first night of his Heist tour at our stadium and had no idea what was going to happen. The place was just going crazy because the fans knew him already, and then he kicks off this tour and is arguably the best performer in the world this past year."

According to the Los Angeles Times, Carroll first became aware of Macklemore's existence about 15 months ago and now the Seahawks coach thinks the Seattle rapper might be the best performer in the world. It probably helps that Macklemore is a Seahawks fan. 

"Knowing that he loves sports and he loves Seattle and he's so connected to the 12th man and all that, it's been a blast," Carroll said. "He's been a big factor. Every time we score a touchdown we play his music. It's a big deal to us."

If the Seahawks score a touchdown during the Super Bowl and you hear Macklemore's "Can't Hold Us," now you'll know why. 

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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