What was referred to as 'A gladiator moment?'


Dealing with noise, with loud and hostile environments, is something the Steelers are accustomed to.

But when it comes to CenturyLink Field in Seattle, it takes it to a new level.

"It's great. It's loud," said running back Jordan Todman, who played there when he was with Minnesota in 2011. "It's energetic. It's a high tempo place to play. It's a great atmosphere.

"It's pretty loud. When they say the 12th man they mean it. It's consistently loud."

In 2013 Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field broke the Guinness World Record for the highest peak decibel level, 136.6 decibels, ever recorded at a stadium.

"It's crazy," said running back Isaiah Pead, who played there when he was with the St. Louis Rams. "When they say that 12th man stuff, it's real. It's loud, it's very hard to speak to someone standing five feet away from you, let alone a whole game.

"It's fun. It's a gladiator moment."

Fun. When it gets that loud is it really fun?

"I don't think it's anything we pay any extra attention to," said receiver Markus Wheaton. "I am sure they will crank the speakers up a little louder when we practice on Friday. I don't think it's anything we can stress about though."

The players are confident when the noise level rises, they will rise to the challenge.

"I think Ben and the offense will be ready to go," said receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. "Crowd noise or no crowd noise, we have to go out there and execute."

There is one way to silence the crowd, though.

"If we come and do what we are supposed to, hopefully they don't get into it," said safety Mike Mitchell.

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