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January 25, 2015 at 6:41 AM

Fans show their love as Seahawks head for Super Bowl

Seahawks fans cheer their team at Sky Harbor Airport.  (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks fans cheer their team at Sky Harbor Airport. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

The Seattle Seahawks arrive in Arizona and talk about how they will prep for the Super Bowl. Video by Bettina Hansen, produced by Lauren Frohne / The Seattle Times

Update 1:30 p.m.: The Seahawks have landed in Arizona, multiple social media reports from the team indicate.

Original post: Thousands of Seahawk fans lined a mile-long stretch of road in SeaTac Sunday morning to cheer on the team as it headed for the airport and Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona.

The Seahawks, in a caravan of several cars and chartered buses with tinted windows, rolled slowly by the intersection of South 188th Street and 42nd Avenue in SeaTac at about 10 a.m., led by police on motorcycles.

Russell Wilson and his Seahawks teammates deplane in Phoenix. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Russell Wilson and his Seahawks teammates deplane in Phoenix. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Cheering fans shoved flags, handheld signs and cell phones into the air as the buses approached. Horns blared over the roar of voices. From behind the closed windows of the buses, people waved and took photos of the crowd.

See photos of the Seahawks send-off

Fans decked in blue and green hollered call and response cheers — “Sea!” and “Hawks!” — across South 188th Street, which was closed for a mile between about 46th Avenue South and 28th Avenue South to all traffic except the team’s caravan.

“I’m really hoping I can help (the team) believe in themselves, by showing I believe in them,” said Keith Schlyer, 28, wearing a bright green wig and hoisting a Seahawks flag along the route. He walked a mile from his house in SeaTac to see the team drive by. “Confidence inspires courage, and that’s what we need on the field.”

Ethan Shurick, 36, arrived in SeaTac at 7 a.m. with a camping stove, burritos and some friends to see the Seahawks off.

Like many fans who lined the streets in SeaTac on Sunday, this may be as close Shurick gets to the team for the rest of the season. He doesn’t have tickets to the Super Bowl, which cost at least $3,000 on some ticket sales websites as of Friday afternoon.

But Shurick is driving to Phoenix anyway and hopes to score some for less than $1,500.

“It’s a wing and a prayer,” Shurick said.

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In a few minutes, the team passed by that part of the crowd. The roar fell quiet and fans turned to leave. Street crews immediately set to work tearing down metal railings that had lined the Seahawks’ path. Street cleaning machines made passes along the road, sweeping up confetti and trash.

Cars sporting Seahawks flags and decals honked at passersby as the long, slow line of traffic exited SeaTac around 10:30 a.m.

Thousands of fans cheer wildly South 188th Street in SeaTac as Pete Carroll's bus passes them on the way to the airport. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Thousands of fans cheer wildly on South 188th Street in SeaTac as Pete Carroll’s bus passes them on the way to the airport. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

For Dennis Gilmore and his son Nolan, 10, even such a short glimpse at their team was worth the wait. The family brought speakers to blast music all morning. Kids wearing Seahawks jerseys and hat danced and played football in the middle of what is usually a busy street.

“It’s great,” Gilmore said after the Seahawks procession finished. “Way more organized than last year.”

Last year, when the Seahawks took off from SeaTac to face the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, fans tore down the crime tape meant to hold them back from the team’s convoy as it passed. Chanting fans that year trampled barriers and pressed in on the buses, which slowly wound their way through the crowd.

At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday, Seahawk players transferring from buses to their plane held up cell phones and cameras, taking pictures of fans gathered to take pictures of them. Some of the players posed with airport workers for pictures and hugged flight attendants as the team went into the plane.

 

 

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman greets fans at the Delta Air Lines hangar at Sea-Tac. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman greets fans at the Delta Air Lines hangar at Sea-Tac. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

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