Group of 12s start online petition asking Hawks to hold celebratory rally
SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl XLIX runners-up. But to thousands of 12s the Hawks are still number one, and they want to celebrate it.
On Monday, the team announced there are currently no plans for an official rally or celebration to welcome home the NFC Champions and to honor them for a strong 2014 season.
However, fans of the Seahawks have started a Change.org petition urging the front office of the team to hold a rally to celebrate the team’s success. The petition, started by David Douglas of Ellensburg, encourages the team to give fans a chance to “show their love to the players and coaches.”
“We MUST celebrate our team’s amazing year,” Douglas wrote. “We won the NFC Championship AND made back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. A rally must happen so the fans can thank the team for all their hard work!”
As of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, the petition had nearly 800 signatures. It sought to collect 10,000.
Petition signers vehemently agree with Douglas, and want a chance to celebrate the team publicly.
“The Hawks are everything we have and they are true champs,” Heather Donaldson wrote. “They deserve this.”
On Monday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued an edict proclaiming Feb. 2 “Always a 12” day. The city also set up a web page encouraging fans to digitally sign a thank-you card for the team.
“All of Seattle is proud of everything they accomplished this year and we know they’ll be back next year,” the mayor’s office wrote.
The Seahawks returned home from Phoenix Monday to little fanfare. Meanwhile, a parade for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots is slated for Boston sometime this week.