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SEATTLE — From the parade to the celebration at CenturyLink Field, it was all about saluting the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.
– Russell Wilson walking onto the field with the Lombardi Trophy raised, and the 12th Man going crazy, like they have all season.
– And how about the turnout for Wednesday’s parade? An estimated 700,000 fans.
– And safety Kam Chancellor said it best, that he didn’t realize the magnitude of winning a Super Bowl, it didn’t really hit him until experiencing the celebration and seeing the swarm of 700,000 fans lining the streets.
– Golden Tate told me it was pure chaos — but a great chaos. I loved the images of him waving the 12th Man flag on the back of his vehicle.
– The image of Marshawn Lynch, on the front of the “Ride the Ducks” vehicle, throwing Skittles to the fans.
– And then Lynch spraying champagne over Wilson at CenturyLink Field.
Wednesday was all about the celebration — the connection with the fans, who have been starved for a championship in one of the four major professional leagues since 1979. Yes, the Seattle Storm won two titles, which were both fantastic – but Wednesday’s parade trumped them in national significance, magnitude and number.
And finally, the parade. Are you kidding me? I hope everyone who believes that sports doesn’t have any intrinsic value — doesn’t have any cultural value — saw the turnout and this city and region coming together and celebrating together, of embracing players and coaches who will become heroes in Seattle sports lore.
And all for the kids who missed school? They still got a huge education. They got an education in civic pride — and memories that will last a lifetime.
SEATTLE — Seahawks fans, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., talked about the Seahawks’ victory and the effect it has had on Western Washington during the celebrations Wednesday. Watch the video report.
SEATTLE — Chanting “Sea-Hawks, Sea-Hawks!,” an estimated 700,000 people — the largest public turnout in Seattle’s history — lined Seattle streets and packed CenturyLink Field in freezing temperatures Wednesday to cheer the Seahawks and thank the the players, coaches and owner for bringing the team and the region its first Super Bowl victory.
Coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson told thousands of 12th Man fans at CenturyLink Field that it would not be the last.
“It’s just not one year,” Carroll said to cheers. “We’re just getting warmed up, if you know what I’m talking about. We will be back again. We’ll do something very special again.”
Wilson, for his part, was even more clear. “Our plan is to hopefully win another one for you next year. Go Hawks!”
The day’s four-hour event began as players rode vehicles in a parade through downtown Seattle. Running back Marshawn Lynch, known for his “Beast Mode” running style and his fondness for Skittles candy, rode on the hood of one vehicle and was both showered with Skittles from the crowd and threw Skittles back at his fans.
The police estimate of 700,000 at the parade was more than the entire population of Seattle, which is about 600,000.
The parade wove from Seattle’s iconic Space Needle south to CenturyLink Field, where the players, owner Paul Allen, Carroll and the players presented the trophy to their fans, known as the 12th Man, for their ability to cause so much noise in the stadium that opposing teams frequently jump offsides during games.
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.”