Mike Holmgren coached his last game for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, leaving behind a 4-12 record. Holmgren did lead the Seahawks to four straight division titles before this year however. In ten seasons as a head coach in the NFL, he also had three Super Bowl appearances, including a Green Bay win in 1997.
It’s no surprise that Holmgren was going to be replaced at the end of the season but apparently his players wanted to send him off on a high note. The articles describing that he was ready to retire in favor of riding his motorcycle to the beach to enjoy a good book during the season was a little bit strange to me. What tops it off is the $42,128 limited edition Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle gift he received – for a horrible season.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that his players bought the bike for their coach. It is also their prerogative on how to spend their hard-earned pay. But since Holmgren had already retired in the middle of the season they shouldn’t have waited until their last practice to present him with the gift. You would think all of the team bonding would have translated into a win, but no such luck. In the end, it was just another expensive gift from a bunch of multi-millionaires to another multi-millionaire who could have easily afforded to buy one on his own anyway.