The Seattle Times will highlight a 12th Fan of the Week throughout the season. Each fan will predict the outcome of the next Seahawks game against a Seattle celebrity and Times reporters and columnists.
Name: Andy Donnelly
Resides: Birkenhead, Merseyside, England, UK
Schools: Plessington High School, Wirral, Merseyside, UK (1991); Wirral Metropolitan College (1993)
Family: Girlfriend of 16 years, Margaret O’Hare. “She has also become a Seahawks fan since meeting me. No children, but plenty of nieces and nephews. Family members are spread across the UK and Ireland”.
Occupation: Assistant on a project that mentors people in recovery from drugs and alcohol; part-time musician.
Seahawks fan for: 30 years. Fascinated by the NFL since the early 1980s, when UK’s Channel 4 started showing highlights of games on Sunday nights. “By the end of the 1984 season I noticed that the Seahawks appeared to be on the verge of greatness. I chose them to be my team in 1985, plus I liked the uniforms (thought the silver helmets with the blue and green jerseys looked great!), logo and seeing the Kingdome on TV. Things didn’t quite go to plan in that 1985 season (and for the best part of 20 years after that), but and I’ve followed them through thick and thin.”
Favorite Seahawks: Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson.
Memorable moments: Cites Super Bowl in February (“I watched the rout of the Broncos in a pub in London with other members of the UK Seahawkers, and we ended up drinking champagne at 3 a.m. celebrating the result!”), the NFC Championship against Carolina after the 2005 season and Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Quake run in 2011. He’ll never forget the Seahawks-Cowboys game in 2005. “A large number of UK and European Seahawks fans made the trip over as part of an organized fan event,” he said. “And we were all able to be on the sidelines prior to the game.”
Fast facts: Has been a member of the official UK chapter of the Seahawkers Booster Club for 10 years and treasurer for five. Has been to six Seahawks games in Seattle, the last in 2007. He can’t wait to return. “It’s a really great city with lots of things to see and do there, and I’ve found that the people there are really friendly. I consider it to be my second home.” … Has season tickets to the Tranmere Rovers soccer team and follows the Widnes Vikings rugby team. … Once met former Seahawk Isaiah Kacyvenski (played in Seattle 2000-2006).
Prediction: Seahawks 30, Giants 14. “The Giants haven’t played well for much of this season. The Hawks should be able to dominate this one without hitting top gear because the Giants are coming off a Monday night game and it’s at the CLink, where the 12th Man will be on full volume. I’ll be there in spirit!”
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