BY JOHN HAMER
This year, Seahawks fans, once again, we are all 12s.
As our beloved team rolls toward another Super Bowl, the Hawks are role models for our own daily lives. They inspire us. And we aspire to be like them.
We imagine ourselves having their extraordinary qualities, abilities and strengths. We believe in ourselves. We can do anything. The examples they set carry over into our day-to-day routines – at home, at work, at play.
Way down deep, in one way or another, we all can have the:
CONSUMMATE LEADERSHIP of Pete Carroll. We support, reward, and energize those around us to be all that they can be, to always work together as a team.
QUIET CONFIDENCE of Russell Wilson. We have our eyes on the prize. We know we can accomplish our goals, even in the face of setbacks. We’ll get it done! Period.
BRUTE STRENGTH of Marshawn Lynch. We put our heads down and blast through any obstacles, relentlessly charging and pounding ahead. We are beasts!
FIERCE DETERMINATION of Earl Thomas Jr. We work harder than anyone to be the best, keeping our focus on the task, always prepared for the next challenge.
BRASH ASSERTIVENESS of Richard Sherman. We are fearless, even in the face of criticism. We may be a bit loud, but as Dizzy Dean once said: “If you done done it, it ain’t bragging!”
AWESOME AGGRESSIVENESS of Kam Chancellor. We just can’t wait to make those big hits, rock folks to their core, and show them who’s in charge. Boom!
RUGGED RESILIENCE of Max Unger. We may get injured and need to take some time off, but we know how to recover and return full strength from times of pain.
SKILLFUL COORDINATION of Doug Baldwin. We have the ability to “run to daylight” in our daily lives, looking for the openings that will pay off for us.
DEPENDABLE LOYALTY of Robert Turbin. We may not be on the front lines all the time, but we’ll be there when we’re needed and get the job done.
RELENTLESS DOGGEDNESS of Michael Bennett. Like the Energizer Bunny, we never stop going, pursuing our targets unremittingly until the end.
DECEPTIVE SPEED of Luke Willson. We surprise others with our quickness and accelerate at just the right time to avoid adversaries trying to bring us down.
SERENE CALM of Stephen Haushka. When all eyes are on us and everything depends on a single stroke, we take a deep breath and focus on that one vital act.
Of course, we also have the INTEGRITY to be good family members, good friends, good employees, and good citizens. We have the FAITH in the higher power that created us and gives us purpose. We have the GENEROSITY to give back to our community and to help others, especially those who are young, old, poor, ill or hurt.
And of course we do all this with HUMILITY, MAGNANIMITY and even LOVABILITY because, after all, we are ALL 12s in 2015!
Go Hawks? Sure. But also: Go Us!
John Hamer, 68, has been a Seahawks fan since he first moved to Seattle in 1977 to become a Seattle Times editorial columnist. He later founded the Washington News Council to “watchdog” the news media, but retired last year and now lives quietly on Mercer Island with his wife and personal watchdog, a Labrador retriever who is all bark and no bite, much like its owner.
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