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Look who’s coming to the Seahawks’ season opener
The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks hosting the Green Bay Packers, whose 52 victories on kickoff weekend rank second only the Chicago Bears (54) in NFL history. And, in a nationally televised game from CenturyLink Field, which becomes a noise factory when the 12s are in full roar.
That's the scene at CenturyLink Field on this first Thursday afternoon/evening in September.
"It's a great matchup and we're really excited we are playing at home for this first game to celebrate with the 12s," coach Pete Carroll said after Wednesday's walkthrough at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. "It's a unique opportunity, really, to start the season. So we are kind of happy about it and we'll try to do real well."
Kind of happy? The 12s are delirious to be part of the first crowd to watch the Seahawks kickoff the season as Super Bowl champions on what has been proclaimed “Day of the 12s” by Seattle mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council. Among the 68,000-plus on hand are one who likes Russell Wilson’s magician act at quarterback, another who was wearing a bears-head hat with a bag of Skittles in the mouth and a woman who has a thing for Steven Hauschka.
From: Bainbridge Island
Accompanied by: his wife, Gretchen Bruce; and her parents, George and Virginia
Fan since: “Since I was old enough to watch games. Back in the Jack Patera days – ’79, ’80.”
Favorite all-time Seahawk:Russell Wilson. “He’s a magician. He just makes plays happen.”
Favorite current Seahawk: Russell Wilson.
Favorite moment from Super Bowl XLVIII: “The Denver fans couldn’t keep up with as far as the noise,” said Hoffer, who was at the game.
Favorite moment in franchise history, other than winning the Super Bowl in February: “It has to be the NFC Championship game with ‘The Tip,’ ” he said of Richard Sherman’s “Immaculate Deflection” in the end zone that iced the six-point win over the 49ers in January. “But also Marshawn’s Beast Quake run,” his wife offered of Lynch’s electrifying 67-yard TD run in the 2010 wild-card playoff victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Saints.
Moment most looking forward to this season: “This game. I have to say this game is the most-anticipated game. After that, maybe the 49ers (in Week 15). But this game sets the whole tone, plus it’s against Green Bay – one of the best teams.”
Accompanied by: “I’ve got a couple buddies I’m meeting here.”
Fan since: “Since the beginning (1976).”
Favorite all-time Seahawk: Steve Largent. “I’ve liked him since I was a kid,” he said of the Hall of Fame wide receiver.
Favorite current Seahawk: Marshawn Lynch. “Beast!” said Lane, who was wearing a bears-head hat with a package of Skittles in the mouth. “He’s so powerful.”
Favorite moment from Super Bowl XLVIII: “The 12-second runs,” he said of the Seahawks getting a safety on the first play of the game and Percy Harvin return the second-half kickoff for a touchdown.
Favorite moment in franchise history, other than winning the Super Bowl in February: “The 49ers,” he said of the NFC title game in January. “I was here and it was awesome.”
Moment most looking forward to this season: “Hopefully get to the Super Bowl again.”
From: Gig Harbor
Accompanied by: her husband, Martti; and friends Al and Kris Parc
Fan since: “Oh my gosh, forever.”
Favorite all-time Seahawk: Steve Largent. “He’s iconic,” she said of the Hall of Fame wide receiver. “All I remember as a kid was it was always Largent. As a kid, it wasn’t about what he could do. It was like, ‘That’s the guy.’ ”
Favorite current Seahawk: Steven Hauschka. “I like Hauschka, I actually have his jersey,” she said of the team’s kicker. “He’s money. He’s ‘Hausch-Money.’ He’s saved out butt so many times.”
Favorite moment from Super Bowl XLVIII: “How about all of it. No, my favorite – all of it was good – but my favorite was the very first play (the safety).”
Favorite moment in franchise history, other than winning the Super Bowl in February: “The Packers, last time,” she said of the Week 3 win over the Packers in 2012.
Moment most looking forward to this season: “The killing of the Packers, and the 49ers, and Denver.”