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Look who’s coming to training camp: Practice 11

Posted Aug 10, 2014

A closer look at three of the 12th Man fans among the group of 2,500-plus who packed the berm at Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Sunday for the next-to-last open practice at the Seahawks’ Training Camp presented by Bing.


On a gorgeous Sunday morning, another sold-out crowd of 12s packed the berm at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for the next-to-last practice that is open to the public at the Seahawks’ Training Camp presented by Bing.

The group included one fan who likes Derrick Coleman’s inspirational story, another who is looking forward to seeing more Percy Harvin this season and a third who already is anticipating winning another Super Bowl title.


Melissa Carlson

Age: 29

From: Mountlake Terrace

Accompanied by: her husband, Jeff; son, Jax, 14 months; their friends, Becky and Jim Lyons, and their daughter, Savannah; and Becky’s best friend’s son, Justin

Fan since: “Since I was like 12 and moved here.”

Favorite all-time Seahawk: Earl Thomas, with an assist from her husband. “Love the way he plays the game,” he said.

Favorite current Seahawk: Derrick Coleman. “He’s just really inspirational and he has a really cool story,: she said. “It’s incredible, so I really like him.”

Favorite moment in franchise history, other than winning the Super Bowl in February: Again with an assist from her husband. “Probably seeing Sherman with the tip,” he said of Richard Sherman’s “Immaculate Deflection” in the end zone to ice the NFC Championship game in January.

Moment most looking forward to this season: “I’m looking forward to playing the 49ers again up here,” she said of the Week 15 game at CenturyLink Field.


Chad Jones

Age: 33

From: Bellingham

Accompanied by: his wife, Janna; their son, Kai; and Janna’s father, Chris

Fan since: “Years.”

Favorite all-time Seahawk: Steve Largent. “I grew up watching him,” he said the Hall of Fame wide receiver.

Favorite current Seahawk: Richard Sherman. “Defense. Love it. Exciting to watch,” said Jones, who was wearing a custom Sherman No. 25 jersey – half white, half blue.

Favorite moment in franchise history, other than winning the Super Bowl in February: “Getting to the Super Bowl. Last play of the game,” he said of Sherman’s “Immaculate Deflection” to ice the NFC Championship game in January.

Moment most looking forward to this season: “Percy Harvin playing. Hopefully we see more Harvin.”


Steve Smith

Age: 37

From: Lakewood

Accompanied by: “A few buddies (who already had left to stake out their spot on the berm).”

Fan since: “A long time.”

Favorite all-time Seahawk: Steve Largent. “He was a good player,” he said the Hall of Fame wide receiver. “I have a couple of his throwback jerseys.”

Favorite current Seahawk: Russell Wilson. “He’s awesome. We won the Super Bowl with him,” said Smith, who was wearing a black No. 3 Wilson jersey.

Favorite moment in franchise history, other than winning the Super Bowl in February: “Almost winning the championship,” he said of winning the NFC title in 2005 and then losing in the Super Bowl.

Moment most looking forward to this season: “The Super Bowl. Going back and winning it again.”