Rapper Snoop Dogg and his youth football team stop by Seahawks’ practice – National NFL

Recording artist Snoop Dogg attends Day 3 of the DirecTV Super Fan Festival at Pendergast Family Farm on January 30, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

As they continue to prepare for Sunday’s Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks had a surprise guest at practice on Friday. Legendary rapper Snoop Dogg stopped by with his Los Angeles-area youth football team: The Snoop Dogg All Stars.

With his music blaring over a loud speaker, Snoop Dogg and his team made their entrance. At one point, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made his way over to the rapper, where the two embraced.

Though the mood was lighthearted, not all of the news out of the practice was positive. Another member of the ‘Legion of Boom’ got banged up, as strong safety Kam Chancellor injured his knee near the end of the session. Richard Sherman (hyperextended elbow) and Earl Thomas (dislocated shoulder) are also dealing with ailments, though both have practiced fully all week.

Celebrity guests are nothing new for the Seahawks. Comedian Will Ferrell (who appeared with Snoop Dogg in both “Old School” and “Starsky Hutch”) has also visited the team on occasion.

“The last time he visited with the team was a while back at, I think it was a preseason game,” said Carroll of Ferrell. “He jumped in the meeting room, telling everybody he was an L5 and he was going to lead the kickoff team right down the middle. Nobody bought it. He’s been to a couple games and we’ve had a great time over the years doing stuff.”

Snoop Dogg’s visit was one of many stops on his itinerary while in Arizona. The rapper took to the stage Friday night at the DirecTV Super Fan Fest. Despite the weather being less than ideal, the Doggfather stole the show on a bill that also included Imagine Dragons, Ingrid Michaelson and Young the Giant; performing not only his own personal hits (like “Gin Juice”) but also a few unexpected surprises (like House of Pain’s “Jump Around”).

On Saturday, Snoop Dogg will host his youth football event: Snooperbowl 2015; at which he aims to give young players “hopes and aspirations to make it on and off the field.” He has been running a youth football league in California for several years, and thinks one of his alumni will be hosting the Lombardi Trophy very soon.

“They’re coming out left and right,” Snoop Dogg said Friday before taking the stage. “We did a great job as far as establishing this football league years ago.”

One former player, Ronnie Hillman, came close to accomplishing the feat last year. His Denver Broncos lost in Super Bowl XLVIII to the Seahawks.


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