Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 12/12/11

RENTON, WA - JANUARY 12: Pete Carroll answers questions at a press conference announcing his hiring as the new head coach of the Seattle Seahawks on January 12, 2010 at the Seahawks training facility in Renton, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Over the last few weeks football fans have had no choice but to get acquainted with America’s new bible-thumping, side-arm tossing, game-win driving quarterback, Tim Tebow. They’ve gotten to know his smile. They’ve gotten to his perseverance. And they’ve gotten to know about his ability to overcome double-digit fourth quarter deficits in a single bound. It’s something that we as college football fans knew plenty about already, after watching him do the same for four years at Florida. At this point, nothing Tebow does on the football field really surprises us anymore.

Meanwhile in coaching circles, NFL fans have gotten the chance to get reacquainted with a former friend, and the best college coach of his generation, Pete Carroll as well.

After flaming out with the Patriots and Jets in the 1990’s, Carroll came to USC in 2001 and turned the Trojans into a college football super-power. The man who created “Win Forever,” pretty much did exactly that in nine years as Trojans head coach, combining his style and pizzazz with the insane talent base in Southern California, in the process turning USC into the premiere program in the sport over the last decade. Since leaving USC two years ago, Carroll has returned to the NFL, where he has once again proven that, well, maybe the college game is where belongs after all. The Seahawks did make the playoffs last year, but at 5-7 in 2011, it’s safe to say they won’t be making a repeat trip to the postseason. So much for “Win Forever,” huh?

Either way, with college football’s most successful player and coach of the last generation now cashing pro paychecks, it’s easy to forget that the National Football League isn’t the first time these two have crossed paths.

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