The red carpet was literally rolled out for the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday night at Safeco Field, when the Seattle Mariners improved to 5-2 on the season with a 5-3 win over the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels.
In what was the 2014 home opener for the club, the Super Bowl XLVIII champions were honored during a special pregame ceremony in front of a sold-out crowd of 45,661.
"I've been watching the Mariners for a long time, since the A-Rod, Griffey days," said Kearse, the Lakewood, Wash. native and former University of Washington Husky. "So just to be able to come out here and celebrate with these guys and come to opening day was a lot of fun."
"It's been great," Wilson said. "We have a great team. To be around these guys, think about all the hard work we put in and to get awarded with a Super Bowl because of the way we practiced and played on Sundays.
"Obviously, the goal is to do it again," Wilson added with an emphasis always aimed at "What's next?" "We're not satisfied with what we've done. We've got a great football team again next year and we're looking forward to it."
Awesome night at the ballpark with the fellas and the fans! Congrats to the @Mariners for the win and thanks for the great tribute!— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) April 9, 2014
Opening day! @ Safeco Field http://t.co/LTkkrB5MW4— Jermaine Kearse (@chopchop_15) April 9, 2014
Bryan Walters(@bwalt19) April 9, 2014
It's not how you start it's how you FINISH!!! Congrats to @Mariners !!!BIG WIN!!!!!!!!!!—
Earl Thomas(@Earl_Thomas) April 9, 2014