"I think all of the officials we have in the NFL are stand-up guys, and Leavy is no different," said Hasselbeck, one of nine current Seahawks who played in that February 2006 game. "... I played some games that I remember because I felt like I did a good job and I played some games where I had some regrets. That goes for any sport, any player. I'm sure coaching is no different, and in that same way, I'm sure officiating is the same thing."
Early in the fourth quarter, offensive tackle Sean Locklear was called for holding on a pass completion that would have put the Seahawks at the Steelers' 1-yard line, poised for the potential tying touchdown. After the penalty, Hasselbeck threw an interception, then was called for a mysterious low block on a play that ended with him tackling Pittsburgh's Ike Taylor on the defensive back's return.
The penalty moved the Steelers from their 29 to the 44. Pittsburgh used its better field position to score the clinching touchdown four plays later.
Leavy also spoke to Seahawks players at a team meeting Friday and delivered a similar, contrite message.
"I had a word with him and told him I really appreciated it," said defensive tackle Craig Terrill, a backup on that Super Bowl team. "I certainly don't have any hard feelings against him. There were plenty of things we did in that game that kept us from winning. He can't take responsibility for the mistakes we made, but I appreciated it."
Pittsburgh players weren't as impressed with Leavy's admission.
Said Steelers linebacker James Farrior: "I guess they need better refs. I don't know what to tell them. That was (the) 2005 (season). That's old stuff."
"It's tough," Trufant said. "Anytime you're in the Super Bowl, that's the highest of the high. When things go bad, they always tell you not to worry about the refs and stuff like that. Things do happen. Nobody's perfect. It's just one of those things.
"Everybody I think has moved on. I've tried to move on. That's in the past. We're going to keep playing and we're trying to get back. That's the goal."
Hasselbeck said he "had to get to the point where I could kind of get past everything." So, does that mean he has recovered from the sting of that Super Bowl defeat?
"I'm still a little upset about losing my high school state championship game," Hasselbeck said. "There are just some games you're never going to forget. Put it on the list."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.