“That’s the magic of the 12 right there,” said a jubilant Pete Carroll, coach of the Seahawks. “That was awesome.”
While they did not register as an earthquake, they more than make their presence felt during the big game; because the 12th man isn’t just a fanbase for Seattle, it’s a weapon. A weapon Carroll was quick to acknowledge.
“All of the wonderful throngs of the 12 back home, I wish they could be there too,” said Carroll. “Because this is everybody’s accomplishment. We did this for everybody. Everybody gets to enjoy it. And they (the fans) are world champs too.”
They, in fact, registered as the loudest fans ever this season; making Seattle perhaps the most difficult place to play in the entire NFL. The 12th man seemingly gets stronger with each passing game. And now, as the teams’ popularity continues to grow, legions are even showing up at Seahawks road games across the country.
“The 12th man was great today,” Carroll said after the game. “Everywhere we’ve gone for the last couple of years has been fantastic.”
“And they’re growing; and there’s gonna be more of it. They need to keep coming. They are awesome.”
The efforts of the 12th man are so appreciated by the Seattle Seahawks that cornerback Richard Sherman was completely unwilling to pass up a chance to share the victory with them (a parade is scheduled for Wednesday) despite suffering a high-ankle sprain forcing him to be carted off the field during the Super Bowl.
“I am as 100 percent as I can be for the celebration,” said Sherman. “I will be at the celebration. I would not miss that. Seattle…we’ll be back soon.”
The Seahawks should expect quite the reception Wednesday. Because for the 12th man, cheering loud is not just something they do for fun…it’s their duty.