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January 15, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Seahawks give thanks to the 12th Man

The Seahawks had a lot of kind words for the 12th Man as they cleaned out their lockers Monday. Fans sent the team off before each road playoff game and, most recently, welcomed the team home Sunday night in defeat…

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“I was pretty much down most of the flight back. It was a long flight; you’d think that, especially after a loss. But just to see all the fans there to support us, it just felt great. It kind of put a smile on my face just knowing that they’ve got our back, because we battle and we try to do the best we can week in a week out. It just feels great for the 12th Man to have our back like that. They had their kids out there in the cold; it was just a great experience.” — Earl Thomas, safety

“I just want to thank the 12th Man for the all the support that they’ve given us this year, through the wins and losses. No matter how cold it is or how hot it is outside, or whatever the circumstances are, they always showed up, and we really appreciate that.” — Golden Tate, wide receiver

“It was unbelievable. I think it was really emotional for a lot of guys. I can only speak for myself, but it was emotional because this season has been a tough season for all of us. The emotional roller coaster from the beginning of the season to the eight-win stretch that we had going at the end of the season. Then for it to accumulate to last night and the way that we fought back in the second half, and then to lose the game in the last seconds was just frustrating. Obviously when we came back home, the fans being out there, they showed their support in an unbelievable manner.” — Doug Baldwin, wide receiver

“Oh man, the 12th Man is awesome. I couldn’t believe it. I was just like, ‘Imagine if we had won.’ I couldn’t imagine anything better than that. We appreciate the 12th Man. It was awesome just to see everybody supporting us, even after we lost.” — Michael Robinson, fullback

“That was amazing, man. Always big, big, big ups to the 12th Man. This is the only team I’ve ever played for, so I know the power of the 12th Man, the spirit they bring, and the support they have all throughout the year. It’s always big ups. If I do leave, I’ll definitely hate it.” — Leroy Hill, linebacker (free agent to be)

“It’s amazing to have the fan base that we have. They make the game fun. They make it easier to play your heart out and leave it all on the field, because you know you’re playing for such fantastic fans, and they deserve it.” — Richard Sherman, cornerback

“I mean, that’s as good as it gets. Like I say all the time, the ‘Hawks fans, the 12th Man fans are the best in the National Football League. The fact that as soon as we landed, everybody was at the airport, and as soon as we got back here to the practice facility, everybody was here — that was spectacular. It almost disappoints you that much more as players; we feel like we let you down almost. I know they don’t look at it like that, but as a player, you just want to continue to play.” — Russell Wilson, quarterback

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