Home field advantage means a lot in the NFL.
In particular, home field advantage means a lot to the Seattle Seahawks.
Since the opening of CenturyLink Field in 2002, the Seahawks have enjoyed the NFC’s second-best home record at 56-29, joining only Green Bay, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago as teams with 50 or more wins over that span.
The ‘Hawks enjoyed an 8-0 record at home in 2005 en route to Super Bowl XL and are sitting pretty at 5-0 at home in 2012 as they ready for a Week 14 contest with the Arizona Cardinals.
It is understandable then why one would want to leverage that home field advantage when asking one of the most important questions – and when making one of the most important decisions – of their lifetime.
On Tuesday, November 27 Seahawks fan Brad “Cannonball” Carter did exactly that when he got down on one knee at the 50-yard-line of CenturyLink Field and popped “The Question” to Laura, the love of his life.
“When I was given the opportunity to make her mine forever, I had to use the best home field advantage on the planet to win her heart,” Carter said. “I asked her to marry me and she said yes!”
Brad surprised Laura with the proposal as the longtime fans were ushered through the stadium and out onto the turf at CenturyLink Field for what Laura thought was just an impromptu tour of the facility.
The pair of Seahawks fanatics met more than 10 years ago while enjoying their passion for Seahawks football. Today, they are members of the Sea Hawkers booster club, currently “roosting” – as Brad put it – in the club’s Renton chapter.
“We rise early each Sunday morning to make the transformation from a cable guy and a wedding DJ into Seahawk Super Fans, ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Hawkychick’, who fire up Section 129 and pose for all sorts of pictures with our fellow fans,” Carter said. “You will find the lovely Laura painting faces all morning long at King Street Bar and Oven making sure the 12th Man is war-painted and battle-ready.”
Brad says he and Laura have enjoyed – and endured – the ups and downs, good calls and bad calls of Seahawks football through the years at the Kingdome, Husky Stadium, and now CenturyLink Field. And they look forward to enjoying many seasons to come in front of the NFL’s best crowd.
“We have traveled all over the NFL and can honestly say there's no place like home,” he said. “The fans are the loudest and proudest in the league.”