BY JIM CAVIEZEL
Fans are fleeting. They blow with the wind. Fans can be loyal, but they can also be fickle, fair-weather and phony.
Fans exist for many different reasons, but usually they are the result of success. Players and coaches know that loyalty can be gained and lost in an instant.
The Seahawks don’t refer to us as the 12th “fan”, though. To the members of the Seahawks organization we love and support, their fans are considered teammates. The bond between teammates is something much more eternal and more sacred than the bond between a fan and an idol.
Players rely on teammates in the frenzied moment-to-moment action of the game, on every drive and down. In victory, players vault their teammates onto shoulders and celebrate shared glory.
What is more important, however, as any athlete or team member can verify, is the support teammates provide for one another in the agonizing moments that follow a setback or defeat. In those moments, even more than in moments of celebration, the show of support and the unspoken knowledge that “you can count on me” is what creates the bond among teammates that lasts a lifetime.
Team Seahawks is not broken. We came one play from being crowned NFL champions for the second year in a row. The same level of talent remains on our field and sideline and staff – and in the stands – as there was before the big game began. And with loss there is even more hunger.
What the players and the coaches need right now is the confidence that their teammate, the 12th Man, will be there to pick them up, dust them off, and let them know that “we are right here, by your side, and we aren’t going anywhere.”
Next year, before the Lombardi trophy makes its trip to the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50, wanna bet a hometown kid named Tom Brady will be working his tail off hoping to meet it there? You can also bet Patriot Nation will be right behind him.
There is no better way to celebrate the Seahawks’ fantastic performance over the past seasons than to pull ourselves together, get behind our teammates and tell Brady and his crew (or whoever beats them there) that we are ready for another fight.
Jim Caviezel, film and television actor, was born and raised in Mount Vernon and graduated from Kennedy Catholic High School near Seattle. He is a Washington Husky and a proud, lifelong Seahawks fan. He now stars in the hit CBS drama “Person of Interest”.
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