As Kam Chancellor strutted down the CenturyLink Field sideline prior to Seattle's Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears this past season, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound strong safety locked eyes with a 12 situated in the Seahawks' field seats, spawning a memory that's stayed with that fan ever since.
"This one's ingrained in my soul," said Tom Duncan, an Arkansas native Army veteran who relocated to Washington 20 years ago. "It's so cool. Kam Chancellor walked by and I was literally two feet away from him and I said, 'Hey Kam!' and he looked at me, just right before the game, and you could just feel the intensity and his spirit of gameday and what 'The Hammer' brings to the game.
"To be that close to a player, I get goosebumps just thinking about it."
Duncan, who's No. 2,568 on the Seahawks' Blue Pride season-ticket notification list but insists he's not counting, found himself fascinated by Chancellor's imposing presence as the Seahawks readied for kickoff.
"You don't realize how big that man is and how chiseled he is," Duncan said. "He's a warrior, and to see he's a leader, he's a physical, dominating player and just to see that intensity that he brings to the game, that right there was truly amazing."
Located roughly 10 yards from the field of play, Duncan was joined in the team's premium section by his brother Willie, a Bears fan who was in town from Chicago. "Brothers by blood, friends by choice," as Duncan put it. The pair used the unique seating experience to get as close as they could to team personnel, but more importantly, to create "priceless" family memories that would last a lifetime.
"I think the big thing is the memory of being in that moment, the energy during the first series on defense," Duncan said. "Just the energy and the camaraderie that everyone shares with that. That was the biggest memory, just to be able to share my passion with him and to be part of that."
Duncan dubs himself "crazy about the Seahawks" and encourages like-minded individuals to "absolutely" explore taking their gameday experience to the next level as field seats become available for the 2016 season.
"The experience is beyond explanation," he said. "It's a feel. To be able to be part of something that's actually bigger than you, to feel like you're actually contributing to the outcome of the game, and to be with 71,000 of your closest friends creating that amazing energy would be absolutely something that should be on everybody's bucket list."
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