And Then They Partied…
Sunday, February 2, 2014 is a day that will live in Seattle sports fans hearts forever. The Seattle Seahawks won the franchise’s first Super Bowl in a blow out victory over the Denver Broncos, 43-8. Wednesday, February 5, 2014, will be a day that the Seahawks players will remember for the rest of their lives. I’m not saying that the Super Bowl win isn’t the most important day in their careers so far, but on a cold Wednesday morning in the heart of downtown Seattle, the 12th Man showed the players and coaches exactly how important they are to the entire city.
More People Crowded the Streets Than The Entire Population of Seattle
The players and coaches met at the Space Needle and boarded the military vehicles they would ride through the streets. It was there the party began. With music being pumped in through out the route, the players were dancing, throwing beads and candy. Fans danced while waving signs, and took thousands of pictures as the parade went by. The players also were recording the moment with cameras and video recorders. To the excitement of most Seattle fans, FB Michael Robinson had his professional camera out during the parade, recording it for his show, The Real Rob Report. With Robinson’s illness and brief hiatus from the team, he hasn’t put an episode yet out this season so fans are excited to see it back.The population of the Seattle metro area is 3.5 million, however the population of the city of Seattle is just under 650,000. That population grew by an estimated 100,000 people for the Seahawks Super Bowl Championship parade. Lining the streets 20 people deep, the Seahawks fans stood for hours before the parade even started just to get a glimpse of the team that brought them so much happiness this season.
Marshawn Lynch Steals the Show
By far, the hit of the parade was the Seahawks adored running back, Marshawn Lynch. Instead of riding in the military vehicle marked for running backs, Lynch took it upon himself to be the Grand Marshal of the celebration. He positioned himself on the hood of the first vehicle of the parade that was carrying the Seagals, the Seahawks cheerleaders. Sitting, and occasionally standing, on the hood, Lynch was the most relaxed and laid back we’ve ever seen him. He showered the screaming crowd with Skittles, and then picking up a Native American drum given to him by a fan. He has always been a fan favorite in Seattle and this only cemented him further so.
What a Party is Was, Us Seattle Fans Will Never Forget it.
The end of the parade route, at Century Link Field, was not the end of the celebration. Inside the Seahawks home was 50,000 more fans waiting to see the Lombardi Trophy and hear speeches from their team. There were so many requests to be in Century Link, the powers at be opened the Mariners home stadium, Safeco field, for overflow. An additional 24,000 people sat there listening to the live feed on the big screens. Once all the players arrived, they were announced one by one in descending numerical order as to end with the number 3, QB Russell Wilson. Wilson entered holding the silver trophy high above his head. It was the moment he earned and the moment the Seahawks fans have craved since 1976. Speeches from owner, Paul Allen, GM John Schneider, Head Coach Pete Carroll, QB Russell Wilson and DB Richard Sherman brought the crowd to its feet multiple times.
This party was a long time coming, yet truly only achievable in the last few years. This Seahawks team was one of the few in its history that seemed capable of reaching this goal, being only the second time in team history to get to the Super Bowl. The best part of all of this is the possibility it could happen again soon in the somewhat near future. There is a feeling that even with the cap questions they have in the next few years, the Seattle Seahawks are a young, talented team that seem to want to stick together.
There is something about a teams first Lombardi. Its something that other teams who have won multiple championships may have forgotten. It’s a feeling of pride in a team that you’ve loved for so long. A feeling that all the heart you’ve put into a team, all the blown vocal cords, all the money for jerseys and tickets, was worth it for this moment. The moment when you can say your team is the best in the NFL.
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