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By Clare Farnsworth
SEATTLE — Tuesday was pretty much like every other exit day that follows the final game of the season — the players took their physicals, cleaned out their lockers, got teammates to autograph items and attended a team meeting.
The twist this season, of course, is what happened on Sunday and will happen on Wednesday. This exit day was the latest in franchise history, because the Seahawks played in and won Super Bowl XLVIII in the most-impressive fashion – 43-8 over the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night. That was followed by what turned into an all-day journey back to Seattle on Monday.
Wednesday? Hang on to your 12-ness, as the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl championship team will be saluted, celebrated and all that stuff, as coach Pete Carroll would say, during a 2.3-mile parade – or mobile celebration – along Fourth Avenue from Seattle Center to CenturyLink Field that starts at 11 a.m. That will be followed by a Championship Celebration at the stadium that was open to season-ticket holders but has reached capacity.
So even Tuesday’s usual exit-day routine was far from the norm.
“And then you still have those same type of emotional feels, whether you lose in a playoff game or win a Super Bowl,” All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas said in the locker room. “At the end of the day, the game is over, the season is over. That’s the sad part about it.
“But you also feel lucky over everything that happened throughout the season, so you’re filled with a bunch of gratitude. And you can see how you’ve grown as a player and as a person, and what it takes to be a champion. That’s the bigger picture of the whole thing.”
Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, who grew up in Lakewood, played at the University of Washington and had a remarkable touchdown reception in the Super Bowl, said of the win: “It hasn’t sunk in yet. I think probably Wednesday, when we have the parade; I’ll finally realize what we’ve done.”
Coach Pete Carroll got a congratulatory phone call from President Obama on Tuesday morning.
The White House press secretary issued this readout: “Today, the President called head coach Pete Carroll to congratulate the Seattle Seahawks on their decisive victory in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night. On the call, the President commended Coach Carroll and his team for a great game, and expressed that he looks forward to congratulating him and the team at the White House in the coming months.”
SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed a “Moment of Loudness” for 30 seconds at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday — which will take place during the Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade through downtown Seattle.
In addition, Seattle Public School Superintendent Jose Banda — who has come under criticism for refusing to close the city’s schools so that children can attend the city’s first Super Bowl parade — backtracked a bit Tuesday. He said individual principals would be able to decide if it would be an excused absence or unexcused absence for students to take the day off Wednesday.
In Inslee’s proclamation calling for a “Moment of Loudness” at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday, he urged “the 12th Man to celebrate this momentous Super Bowl win and congratulate the team and themselves by making as much noise as possible for 30 seconds.”
“There is no fan base that deserves this more. Nobody has worked harder in supporting their team with more passion and love and spirit than ours,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said early Monday.
“I feel so humbled to get to bring this championship back them and it’s their championship. In my mind, it goes to the kids. I know the adults will take it in, in a big way, but for the kids — that started a memory of what this is all about — and being connected to your team, so, yeah, let’s shut down the darn schools,” Carroll said.
Shut down the schools so children can attend the parade Wednesday.
But Seattle Public School officials say the kids’ time would be better spent in the classroom.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, Seattle Schools Superintendent José Banda said: “Seattle Public Schools will not close or dismiss school early because of the parade. Parents who wish to take their students out of school can, but per state regulation, it will be treated as an unexcused absence. While we support the team, academics must come first.”
On Tuesday, Banda said he would leave it up to individual school principals.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. We’re definitely going to see the parade,” parent Jon Hansen said.
The parade will wind its way through downtown Seattle.
Beginning near Seattle Center, the parade will travel south down 4th Avenue past Westlake Park and through downtown. It then cuts west on Washington, then down 2nd to finish at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field.
That leaves a lot of time and space for fans to get a glimpse of their favorite players and some parents say they plan to take their kids, whether school is in or not.
“I’ve been watching the Seahawks for 40 years and this is my one and only chance to do this. This might be his one and only as well, so I don’t see a problem with it at all,” parent Bart Fawbush said of his child.
“It’s a maybe. My older son wants to go so he’s begging us to take him out of school, so I’m still thinking about it,” parent Shannon Price said.
PARADE DETAILS –
Seahawks Announce Additional Super Bowl Parade Information
Fans invited to participate in mobile celebration
RENTON, Wash. – The Seahawks will celebrate their first Super Bowl championship with fans on Wednesday, February 5 with a parade through downtown Seattle. The parade will begin at 11 a.m.
WHAT: Mobile celebration and victory parade for Super Bowl XLVIII Champions
WHEN: Wednesday, February 5, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: The parade will begin just south of Seattle Center at Denny Way and travel south down 4th Avenue past Westlake Park and finish at the north entrance of CenturyLink Field.
WHO: Seahawks Players, Head Coach Pete Carroll, Coaching Staff, Seahawks Executives, Sea Gals, Blitz and Blue Thunder drumline. The Seahawks players will be carried by the local company, Ride the Ducks, and one of the Ducks will be changed into the 12th Man Duck.
TIMING: The parade begins at 11 a.m
TRAFFIC: Seattle Police Department will close 4th Avenue at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen it as soon as possible.
PARKING: There will be limited parking availability at CenturyLink Field. Fans are encouraged to carpool and utilize public transportation.
DRESS: Based on the projected forecast, fans are encouraged to dress appropriately for cold temperatures.
We’ll have more information on Wednesday’s festivities on Q13 FOX News at 4 and 5 p.m.
RENTON, Wash. — The official Seahawks victory celebration may be Wednesday, but the 12th Man didn’t want to wait. They turned out in force Monday night in Renton to make sure the Seahawks got a proper welcome home.
“We love Seattle and we love the Seahawks, so we’re just here to support them,” said Vitaliy Kosmin.
“I’m going to be here from the start to the end –12th Man all the way,” said James Johnson.
“It’s great, it’s really great to be a part of it,” said Renton Mayor Denis Law.
All over Western Washington, there was a mad dash of people to get their hands on their own championship gear.
“It feels like Game Day actually, there so many people out here it`s awesome,” said Renee Conyers.
“I took the day off because I knew we`d win,” said Marylin Ripley. “Here I am, I had to find a place to park and walk a long ways but it`s worth it.”
Fans say they’ve been waiting for this moment for years.
“I’m so excited about the Seahawks,” said David Stojanovich. “This is an incredible moment for our great city.”
The fans were loud Monday night, making sure the team knew when they finally arrived at the VMAC that there is no place like home.
“They are going to feel the 12th Man like never before,” said Alex Quibell.
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RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks General Manager John Schneider, widely credited with turning the Seattle franchise into a powerhouse, said Tuesday he is not the composed wheeler-dealer on game days that people might imagine.
“Pregame, I’m a mess,” Schneider said, adding that all he can think is, “Boy, I hope this goes well.”
Schneider disclosed that when he was contacted by the Seahawks about the possibility of being hired as general manager, he put together a long list of coaching possibilities to mention for his interview. When contacted next, he was told that Pete Carroll had been hired from USC to coach the Seahawks, and Schneider said he had to tear out a major part of his interview notes at that point.
He said he wasn’t thinking about a certain number of players that would eventually be replaced on the team. “When making transactions, you’re just plugging away,” he said.
He said he was very high on Russell Wilson before he drafted him. “Nothing was ever fake with him,” Schneider said of Wilson.
Seahawks’ fans shouldn’t be concerned about complacency on the part of Schneider in continuing to build the team.
“We’re going to push the envelope every way we can,” he said.
(CNN) — President Obama was asked Friday what he thought about Richard Sherman’s rant following the Seahawks’ win over the San Francisco 49ers and his declaration that he was the best cornerback in the NFL.
“My sense is he’s taking a page out of Muhammad Ali’s playbook, which is, I think he said explicitly, this is a good way to get attention. In fact, Ali said he got his schtick from wrestlers he used to watch,” Obama said.
“…So I think it’s part of the tradition ‘let me get some attention.’ Obviously, it’s worked. I suspect he’s going to have a lot more endorsement contracts and more jersey sales after that.”
CNN gave the president two options of competitions that it wanted him to weigh in on: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vs. Vice President Joe Biden for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination or the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Denver Broncos in Sunday’s Super Bowl.
“I think it’s going to be a lot like the Seahawks-49ers game. I think it’s going to come down to the last play,” Obama said. “…I’m not going to pick because I don’t want to offend any of the great cities participating.”
OK, so if he’s not going to pick in the Super Bowl, then what about Clinton versus Biden?
“I’m too smart for that,” Obama said.