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Published April 11, 2011, 02:40 PM

Seahawks Defensive Coordinator hasn't forgotten where he came from

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - His career has taken off like few have in the Red River Valley. Just six years ago he was roaming the sidelines at NDSU, now he's just completed his second season as Defensive Coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks, but Casey Bradley says he hasn't forgotten where he's from.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Casey Bradley - Seattle Seahawks Defensive Coordinator: “We've talked about all the coaches I’ve be fortunate to work under and all the things that you learn from each of them. Just the details and to coach with enthusiasm, a lot of passion. This place just brings it out. Anyone who has been part of the Bison has that strong feeling. The feeling of being a part of something so special.”

Bradley has been singing the praises of NDSU ever since he made the jump to the NFL with Tampa Bay and now at his current job in Seattle he's making sure his head coach knows about the green and yellow.

“I pulled up our facilities and showed them to coaches like Ken Norton and Pete Carroll, they said that's better than what we've got at USC. They said that place is something special. It’s unbelievable, the passion that the people, the community, the state have for this program. And I think people don’t fully realize that. Once they see those pictures and they realize what the program is all about, it hits you right square in the heart.”

Bradley's Seahawks upset the defending world champion Saints in the first round of the playoffs, before being knocked out by Chicago, and he still has to sit back and laugh about where his journey has taken him.

“I think those big games where you come back and play in the Metrodome, play the Vikings, those times when you are that close to family, you kind of pinch yourself and say, “I remember watching them on TV, watching the Vikings,” and now I’m on the sideline coaching against them.”

Bradley was in town for NDSU's annual coaches clinic.