Augusta, GA (WJBF) -- Former Hephzibah High School football standout James Carpenter is "so excited" to be heading to the Super Bowl. Carpenter plays left guard for the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks. We talked to the former Rebel on the phone Friday afternoon just after Carpenter got off the practice field.
Carpenter who won a national championship at Alabama says this feeling is pretty much the same as going to the college football title game, but he says he still can't believe he's going to the Super Bowl.
It's been a bit of an unusual run for Carpenter as the Seahawks made their run through the playoffs. Carpenter, a 2011 1st round draft pick, started 10 games at left guard during the regular season, but he was inactive for the Seahawks first playoff game against New Orleans. He was back in the starting lineup this past week as Seattle beat San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game. Carpenter says it was difficult to sit out the division playoff game because "every player wants to play." But he didn't hang his head and was ready to go when he got the call to start the following week. Carpenter says he doesn't know yet if he will get the start in the Super Bowl but is preparing as if he will.
Carpenter also talked about his high school days at Hephzibah. He credits his coaches for teaching him how to play the position and pushing him to be great. He only played 2 years of football in high school. He went the junior college route before eventually signing with Alabama.