Blasting through the speakers at the Seahawks’ Training Camp practices are carefully curated melodies meant to pump up the players and crowd for a morning of fun. The Seahawks’ DJ Supa Sam normally plays a mix of rock, pop, and hip hop meant to please all audiences. However, in the wake of recent events, one song meant a little more as Seattle took the field for the final training camp practice open to fans.
Paying tribute to the recent passing of Aretha Franklin, DJ Supa Sam included Respect, one of Franklin’s most iconic anthems. A signature song from the Queen of Soul and one of Rolling Stone’s “Greatest Songs of All Time,” Respect demands strength and confidence from its listeners.
On Thursday, her melodies were heard among everyone in attendance and brought back some fond memories and deeper thoughts, including from quarterback Russell Wilson.
“I remember growing up to Aretha with my whole family dancing and singing to it,” a smiling Wilson recalled of Franklin, who also performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl XL between the Seahawks and Steelers. “She was a woman of culture, a woman that was able to really change the circumstance of music and so to think about that and what she’s done… legends never die, as you know.”
Franklin’s legacy will remain in those who are inspired by her music like Wilson and his wife, Ciara.
“I never got to go see [her] live in person, but I know Aretha Franklin meant a lot to Ciara [and] meant a lot to me…" Wilson said. "I know that she’ll be up in Heaven smiling down and singing her tail off.”
Check out which songs, among Aretha Franklin's, were played during the 14th day of 2018 Seahawks training camp at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Listen to the tracks on Spotify.
Let's Do It Again - J Boog
So Good - B.o.B
Use Me - Bill Withers
The Man - Aloe Blacc
Just Got Paid - Dee Jay Silver feat. Austin Webb
Go Off - Lil Uzi Vert feat. Quavo & Travis Scott
Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Return Of The Mack - Mark Morrison
Lose Yourself to Dance - Daft Punk feat. Pharrell
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Mob Ties - Drake
Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones
Game Time - Flo Rida feat. Sage the Gemini
Faith - George Michael
Papa Don't Take No Mess - James Brown
Turn Down for What - DJ Snake and Lil Jon
Safari - J Balvin
Before I Let Go - Maze & Frankie Beverly
Wake Me Up - Avicii
This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
More Bounce To The Ounce - Zapp and Roger
Flash Light - Parliament
House Party - Sam Hunt
We Takin' Over - DJ Kahled feat. T.I., Akon, Birdman, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe & Rick Ross
Candy - Dillon Francis feat. Snappy Jit
Funkin' for Jamaica - Tom Browne
Tell Me When To Go - E-40 feat. Keak Da Sneak
How You Like Me Now - The Heavy
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
Walked In - Bankroll Fresh feat. Travis Porter & Boochie Boo
Level Up - Ciara
Hammer Time - Lecrae feat. 1k Phew
Still Fly - Big Tymers
Diamond Teeth Samurai - YoungBoy Never Broke Again
Thursday's crowd at 2018 Seahawks training camp, presented by Safeway consisted entirely of season ticket holders, concluding the team's slate of open workouts at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.