Seattle's Baldwin ready for chance to face 49ers

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2014 at 2:11 am •  Published: January 18, 2014

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Doug Baldwin wanted to be done at Stanford.

The transfer papers were filled out.

Baldwin even had a destination in mind.

And then Baldwin's mom, Cindy, said no.

She wasn't about to let him give up a Stanford education even if it meant sticking through an uncomfortable situation playing football for Jim Harbaugh.

"I eventually came to the realization that I needed to stick through it as well," Baldwin said. "I was very close though."

Baldwin can look back on that time in college with reverence and perspective now that he's established in the NFL and about to face his former college coach in Sunday's NFC championship game between Seattle and San Francisco.

With Percy Harvin not playing after suffering a concussion last week against New Orleans, Baldwin's role and importance is even greater.

The fact a trip to the Super Bowl being at stake comes against Harbaugh and the 49ers, the coach he clashed with occasionally during their time at Stanford, could make the day even more special for Baldwin should Seattle win.

"It's not extra personal I just think that you get a little bit of extra motivation because you know the guy on the other side of the field," Baldwin said.

"It's nothing personal against him, going back on I thank him for the adversity he put me through so to speak because it made me who I am today. It made me a better person and a better football player.

"There's nothing against him, nothing personal, it's just a guy that coached me through college and you want to show him that I'm as good as I think I am."

Baldwin doesn't carry a chip, but a "boulder" on his shoulder. He thrives off negativity. He's picked up the nickname "Angry Doug Baldwin," and embraces the moniker.

And leading into the NFC title game Baldwin opened up this week about his time at Stanford. Baldwin said the animosity he held toward Harbaugh in college is now gone. He said they text on occasion and called their relationship now, "decent."

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