The 12s

History of the 12s


Forever retired in honor of our fans

The impact of Seattle fans had such an impact on the success of the team in the 1980's that Seahawks President Mike McCormack retired the number 12 jersey on December 15, 1984 forever. A tribute to the best fans in the NFL.

Important Moments in the History of the 12s


Number Retirement

On December 15, 1984 the number 12 was forever retired in Seattle. A tribute to the best fans in the NFL.


The 12 Flag

In 2003, the 12s were honored once again, this time with a flag. The tradition of the 12 Flag began October 12, 2003, when 12 original season ticket holders hoisted the flag prior to kickoff.


12th MAN Ball

Sunday, November 27th 2005 in a dramatic overtime win, the Seahawks defeated the New York Giants who were called for 11 false start penalties and 3 missed field goals — Courtesy of the the 12th MAN's vocal support. Coach Mike Holmgren dedicated the game ball to the 12th MAN the following day. The ball, now known as the 12th MAN Ball, resides in the club level at CenturyLink Field.



January 8, 2011 Seahawks fans literally shook the Earth during the NFL playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. Century Link Field erupted with excitement during the 4th quarter when Marshawn Lynch made an astonishing 67-yard touchdown run, broke half a dozen tackles, and put the Seahawks up 41-30 over the Saints.


Beyond the Decibels: 12. It's more than just a number

Fans across the Northwest know the 12 Flag is more than just a flag, just as the number 12 is more than just a number. It's the spirit. It's the soul. It's voice of football in the Northwest. Voice over provided by former 12 Flag raiser and Northwest native Sig Hansen.