With the Seahawks hosting the Patriots in an empty CenturyLink Field on Sunday night, Pete Carroll suggested that maybe fans could "go out on their front steps and start screaming, yell out of their windows."
Most of those screams will no doubt take place in the Pacific Northwest, but every time the Seahawks make a big play on Sunday, the next loudest place in the country might be the San Antonio suburb of Converse, Texas.
In Converse, televisions will be tuned to Sunday Night Football to cheer on the Seahawks not just because Judson High School grads Tre Flowers and Alton Robinson are both representing the area at the NFL level, but also for another very significant reason.
The Seahawks were Bryce Wisdom's team.
Wisdom, who passed away in July due to kidney cancer, was, for reasons his parents can't quite explain, as big of a Seahawks fan as you'd find in Texas or anywhere else. Players like Russell Wilson and Kam Chancellor made Wisdom a Seahawks fan, then Seattle selecting Flowers, who like Wisdom was a Judson High School defensive back, only strengthened that connection.
"He loved that team," said Diana Wisdom, Bryce's mom. "We even buried him with his Seahawks blanket in the casket."
In addition to being a Seahawks fan, Bryce was also a huge Jamal Adams fan thanks to a connection through the University of Texas at San Antonio. Frank Wilson was the head coach at UTSA from 2016-2019 and recruited Bryce's brother, Rashad, and coached him for one season. Before taking that job, however, Wilson was the recruiting coordinator and an assistant coach at LSU while Adams was there, and knowing that Bryce was also an aspiring defensive back like his brothers—Sean, now 31, played at the University of Houston—Wilson connected Bryce with the All-Pro safety.
As Bryce's health deteriorated in late July, his favorite team made a huge move, acquiring not just an All-Pro safety, but one of Bryce's favorite players. Sean, the oldest of four Wisdom boys, saw the news and made sure his brother knew about it.
"This was the day before he passed, Sean saw it on the internet and he screen-shot it and sent it to me, and Bryce was in and out of consciousness at this time," Diana Wisdom said. "I tried to shake him and wake him up like, 'Bryce, look, Jamal is on the Seahawks!' And he looked at me with this big smile and gave me a thumbs up, then kind of went back out. So that was everything for him. He loves Jamal."
When Diana and Richard Wisdom knew that their son's time was limited and began letting people close to them know, Wilson called Diana to ask if Bryce was awake and said, "Make sure he answers his phone. Jamal's going to call him soon."
"It was awesome," Richard Wisdom said of Adams' FaceTime call to Bryce on the day he died. "It was somebody putting a smile on Bryce's face. We knew at that time that time was limited. It was just awesome to see him talking to Jamal."
Said Diana Wisdom, "Jamal was amazing. Bryce was kind of in and out of consciousness—he knew what was going on, but he wasn't as talkative as he normally was, because he was in pain. There was just a lot going on, but Jamal was so excited, he carried the conversation. It was just so nice to see. Honestly, Bryce smiled all the way to the very end. He wasn't sad. He knew his time was limited, I had to let him know that most likely it would be later that night. He was very much aware of what was going on, and he just soaked it all in. All the love and support from us and others that he had the chance to speak to. It was an amazing day. As sad as you may think it was, we were so privileged and blessed to be able to be there with him to the very end, and then I was able to connect with certain people that meant a lot to him. Jamal was just the cherry on top."