The Seahawks dropped a 22-20 result to the Denver Broncos in the team's preseason opener on Friday night at CenturyLink Field, a game played in front of 68,677 fans.
Despite the loss and it 'only' being preseason, several first-year Seattle players were in awe of their initial NFL experience at the "Home of the 12s."
Below, check out how rookies Frank Clark, Tyler Lockett, Terry Poole, and Kristjan Sokoli reacted to hearing the first home-crowd roars of the new season.
DE Frank Clark
Clark, the team's first pick (No. 63 overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan, finished Friday night's contest with a game-high nine tackles. He also forced a fumble in the first half after blowing up Broncos running back C.J. Anderson for a five-yard loss.
"It was loud," said Clark. "It was like how they told me it was going to be. They told me it was going to be real loud and that’s exactly how it was.”
WR Tyler Lockett
Lockett, who the Seahawks traded up to select in the third round (No. 69 overall), averaged 45.6 yards on four kick returns, including a 103-yard return for a touchdown in the second quarter that coach Pete Carroll was really excited about and a 46-yard return in the first quarter that helped set up a 33-yard Steven Hauschka field goal.
"I love being around here," Lockett said. "I loved being with the fans and stuff before we even started the game and started playing. I think it’s a great atmosphere. It kind of reminds me of Kansas State in some sense because of the fans and how into the game they are. I think I’m going to love being around.”
The Seahawks took to CenturyLink Field with their 90 man roster for the first preseason game of the 2015 season against the Denver Broncos.
OL Terry Poole
Terry Poole, a fourth-round pick of the Seahawks who grew up a fan of assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable while living in the Bay Area, called playing his first NFL game at CenturyLink Field "a dream come true."
“Growing up, I always knew that the Raiders fans were the top notch fans in the world," said Poole, a native of Seaside, Calif. "I cannot lie, I grew up out there, so Raider Nation is huge. But I’m not going to lie, the 12s have got a little edge on the Raiders right now. They do. Even from my hometown I see way more Seahawks fans now in my hometown. It’s a great welcoming. They show a lot of love, the players show a lot of love, everybody supports us and we support each other.
"It’s a big family, that’s what it feels like with the fans. It’s great."
The 12s packed their rain gear and came out to CenturyLink Field for the first home preseason game of the 2015 season against the Broncos.
OL Kristjan Sokoli
Kristjan Sokoli, who on Friday became the first Albanian-born player to appear in an NFL game, was selected by Seattle in the sixth round of the 2015 draft. He played defensive tackle at the University at Buffalo, but the Seahawks drafted him to play offensive line, where he's worked at left guard and center through the early stages of training camp.
"This is an awesome stadium, man," Sokoli said. "What a great fan base. It was definitely great being out there. I loved the experience. You can’t ask for much better, honestly. When this stadium gets going it’s better than anything else. I’ve played at Ohio State, Baylor, but when this stadium gets riled up it’s unlike anything else. It’s great.”
TE Jimmy Graham
OK, we're cheating a little bit here. But the three-time Pro Bowl tight end was acquired this offseason after the Seahawks sent this year's first-round pick to the New Orleans Saints. So we'll count Graham as a pseudo-member of the team's 2015 draft class.
"It was awesome," said Graham, whose first catch as a Seahawk came in the game's first quarter on a 12-yard play-action pass from quarterback Russell Wilson. "Truly amazing coming out of the tunnel for the first time. Being able to hear the crowd roar for the first time, feels great."