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.
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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.”
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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