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Jon and Stephanie Collier were eating dinner there Wednesday with their 4-year-old son, Xavier, who was wearing a Marshawn Lynch shirt.
“When we dropped him at preschool today, the woman in the office said, ‘Oh, Xavier, you’re wearing your jersey today.’ He looked up at her and said, ‘Seahaaaaawks!’” Stephanie said.
They said they love what’s happened to a city that socially is known for being a bit frosty.
“One of the things that’s so neat about this is that right now, you can go almost anywhere in Seattle and start up a conversation with almost anyone,” she said, adding with intentional surprise, “People are talking to each other.”
The city’s social warmth isn’t the only thing that’s changing. Collier said lately she’s found herself going head to head with friends on Facebook in defense of Seahawks players, including the outspoken Sherman — something she never would have done a year or two ago.
Jon Collier, in a Seahawks shirt and hat, said the reason he’s so into the Seahawks right now is the quality of people on the team.
“And that we’ve come so far with a team that was kind of just pieced together,” he said, referring to the number of undrafted or low-drafted players, such as fifth-round pick Sherman and undrafted receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, who have made huge clutch plays this season and throughout the playoffs.
“Like the Bad News Bears go to the Super Bowl,” added his wife.
“This is something that defines us as a community,” he said. “We’ve had Nirvana and Macklemore, Amazon and Microsoft — all we need is a Super Bowl.”
Some fandoms seem to have prerequisites — length of devotion, for instance — for someone to be considered a hard-core, true supporter. But in Seattle, it seems all are welcome, whether it’s a devotee who has had season tickets since “Smokey and the Bandit” was in movie theaters or someone who bought a number 12 Seahawks jersey this week.
“There’s room for everyone on this bandwagon,” said Johns. “We’ll even slow down for people to walk beside it. We don’t leave anyone out.
“I love that people are taking this 12th Man mania and embracing it, so they can look back years from now and say, ‘I was a part of that. I was there in 2014 when the team,’ hopefully, ‘won their first Super Bowl,’” Johns said. “Man, it gives me the chills right now just thinking about it.”