Coach Mike Tice in 2019 Collegiate Bowl
With 36 years of NFL experience as a player and coach, former Seahawks tight end Mike Tice knows a thing or two about what it takes to succeed at the pro level.
After playing 14 seasons in the NFL – 10 with the Seahawks – Tice entered the coaching ranks, where he served as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and as an offensive coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders before retiring from the NFL in 2017.
On Saturday, January 19, Tice will return to the sidelines as head coach to lead the National Team at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The game will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA., and will be carried live on FS1.
“We want to be sharp and crisp because we owe it to the kids to be on our game,” said Tice. “The staff are not full-time coaches, they are a mixture of former coaches and players that want to give it a whirl. We want to make the week leading up to the game and game-day worth it for everyone.”
Tice will have 4 players from the State of Washington on his roster: Jake Browning – QB, University of Washington; Peyton Pelluer – MB, Washington State University; Josh Lewis – CB, Eastern Washington University; and Jay-Tee Tiuli – DT, Eastern Washington University.
Tice has some sage advice for his players going into the game.
“Relax and enjoy the moment,” he said. “Remember that you are blessed to be picked to be playing in an all-star game. Feel proud about it and enjoy the moment. Just take everything in and try to be a guy that stands out. Don’t make mental mistakes, show the guys that you can learn.”
The American team will also feature several Seahawks Legends working as assistant coaches on the sideline under head coach Chuck Pagano: former players Aaron Curry and Darryl Tapp, and former assistant coaches Ricky Manning Jr. and Russ Purnell.
Several other Seahawks Legends have been head coaches for the American team since the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl’s inception in 2012: Tom Flores – 2012, Mike Holmgren – 2015 & 2016, and Jim Zorn – 2017.