LANDOVER, Md. – Another capacity crowd of 85,000 is expected at FedEx Field for the “Monday Night Football” matchup between the Seahawks and Washington Redskins, and you won’t have to look or listen that hard to find the 12s in attendance.
The Seahawks’ fan base travels well, and this game is no exception. The 12s have been out the past few days at the various attractions in the Nation’s Capitol – from the Lincoln Memorial, to the Capitol building, and all points of interest in between.
We caught up with some as they were entering FedEx Field and they included a 10-year-old from Richmond, Va., who attends the same school Russell Wilson went to; a Clint Gresham fan from Mercer Island; and a Navy man from Shelton who is stationed in Virginia Beach, Va.
From: Richmond, Va.
Accompanied by: his parents, Cyndi and Wes; his friend, Colton, and his parents, Karen and Jory
Fan since: “The last two years.”
Favorite all-time Seahawk: Russell Wilson. Drew attends Collegiate School, the same K-12 school that Wilson attended.
Favorite current Seahawk: Russell Wilson. “He is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and because of his character,” said Drew, who was wearing a Wilson No. 3 jersey
Favorite moment in Super Bowl XLVIII: “When the Seahawks won.”
Favorite moment in franchise history, other than the Super Bowl: “When they got Russell Wilson (in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft).”
Moment most looking forward to this season: “Tonight’s game.”
From: Mercer Island
Accompanied by: her husband, Ken
Fan since: “I was born a Seahawks fan.”
Favorite all-time Seahawk: Steve Largent. “He’s a Christian, and he was an awesome receiver,” she said of the franchise’s all-time leading receiver.
Favorite current Seahawk: Clint Gresham. “I really like Gresham,” she said of the team’s long snapper. “He’s a solid Christian. He’s awesome.”
Favorite moment in Super Bowl XLVIII: “The score (43-8).”
Favorite moment in franchise history, other than the Super Bowl: “Just the 12th Man. I don’t care where you are on the planet, it’s like the sun rising and the sun setting, you can count on the 12th Man.”
Moment most looking forward to this season: “Another Super Bowl.”
From: Shelton, but now stationed in Virginia Beach as a FT2 in the Navy
Accompanied by: his friend, Wesley Woodson
Fan since: “Since I was about 12.” How appropriate.
Favorite all-time Seahawk: Matt Hasselbeck. “He was the first quarterback who ever took us to the Super Bowl.”
Favorite current Seahawk: Kam Chancellor. “He’s a beast,” said King, who was wearing a Chancellor No. 31 jersey. “I have yet to see a defensive back who can hit as hard as he can.”
Favorite moment in Super Bowl XLVIII: “Seeing the look on Peyton Manning’s face at the end of the game.”
Favorite moment in franchise history, other than the Super Bowl: “The NFC Championship game,” he said of the win over the 49ers in January. “Just the whole thing, it was a great game.”
Moment most looking forward to this season: “Tonight. I just can wait to watch our corners just tear apart (Redskins QB) Kirk Cousins.”