A Washington man’s obituary jokingly blames the Seattle Seahawks’ “lousy play call” in Sunday's Super Bowl for his “untimely demise,” but his daughters say their dad loved the team’s head coach, Pete Carroll, who took the fall for the bad call.
Michael Vedvik, of Kent, Washington, died at age 53 early Monday morning after suffering a heart attack. Though a lifelong Seahawks fan, Vedvik had taped the Super Bowl because he was not feeling well and planned to watch it the next morning, his daughters told ABC News.
One of the last lines in Vedvik’s obituary reads, “We blame the Seahawks' lousy play call for Mike’s untimely demise,” referring to the now infamous decision by the Seahawks to have quarterback Russell Wilson throw the ball in the game’s final moments.
Wilson's pass was intercepted, sealing the New England Patriots' 28-24 Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks.
“If you read it wrong, it could sound bad,” one of Vedvik’s three daughters, 29-year-old Alisha Vedvik, told ABC News. “But if you knew dad and knew that he was stubborn and funny, you would get it.”
“Dad absolutely loved Pete Carroll,” said another of Vedvik’s daughters, 27-year-old Brittany Mullins. "We definitely don’t want the Seahawks to take it wrong.”
The obituary for Vedvik, who owned his own construction-related business, was written by one of his sisters and a brother-in-law.
“It was just more so a joke among the family,” Mullins said of the now-viral obituary.
“He was one of those guys who would joke and say, ‘Pete Carroll, move over, I’ll take over from here,’” Alisha Vedvik said of how her dad would have reacted to the play call.
Vedvik lived in the Seattle area for the past 15 years, according to his daughters. They said his favorite place to watch Seahawks games was at home on his couch.
“The Super Bowl was his thing and he always wanted the Seahawks to be part of it, and the last two years he was so excited,” Mullins said of the team’s back-to-back Super Bowl runs.
Though Vedvik -- who is also survived by a wife, two step-daughters and Alisha and Brittany’s 21-year-old sister, Chelsea -- is making headlines with his Seahawks-related obituary, his daughters said he leaves a much greater legacy behind.
“His biggest thing is that he loved his girls,” Alisha Vedvik said.