A game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle should be on every NFL fan’s bucket list. It is a beautiful stadium, sure, but it is the crowd that gathers there that makes it special. The fans come decked out in the navy blues and neon greens that identify Seahawks gear, but they also come with knowledge of the game and prepared to deafen the opposition.
Most fans love offense, and Seahawk fans surely appreciate Russell Wilson and a good touchdown, but when their defense takes the field, the fans stand in unison and make themselves heard. Every single time. All game long. It is crazy-making noise, at least for the visiting offense, but it is music to Seahawk ears.
The fans make an actual difference in the game using nothing more than their football knowledge and collective voice. Because the visiting offense struggles to hear their quarterback’s voice, there are more “false start” penalties at CenturyLink Field than at any other NFL stadium. This is intentional, of course, and if you don’t believe it, notice the thousands of fans sporting a Seahawk jersey with the number twelve and the name FAN across the back. They know that they play an important role on the field as the proverbial twelfth member of their defensive team.
I have been a Dallas Cowboys fan for forty years and couldn’t be happier this season but was happy to join voices with my Seattle University daughter and Seahawk Nation to create the roar that drove the Carolina Panthers nutso last Sunday evening. The temperature was in the upper 30s but the decibels were up so high that they pulled out the Richter scale.
How great would it be for your life to come with fans like that, people who respectfully cheer your successes but stand and scream Home Alone-style at those who try to defeat you? Fans of you who wear your jersey and consider themselves on your team?
Good luck with that.
Instead of holding your breath for a stadium full of personal fanatics, might I suggest becoming that sort of devotee for others who need it? And doesn’t everyone need it?