Seahawks fans got their wishes when some players, including head coach Peter Carroll above, turned up at the buses used to take the team to the White House for a visit with President Obama.
UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. | For the 75 fans who, in some cases, waited for 5 hours to see the Hawks, it was worth it. They were allowed to wait by the buses transporting the team. Bobby Wagner, Michael Bennett, and Jermaine Kearse were among those signing autographs. Pete Carroll spent a long time with fans. Fans shouted “SEA” “HAWKS!” and “We’ll see here next year!”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As many as 60 Seahawk fans gathered across the street from the White House late the morning with the hope of seeing the team arrive for a visit with President Obama.
The fans, many of whom found each other on Facebook and Twitter, never got the chance to see the team, but that didn’t dim their enthusiasm. (All photos by Erik Lacitis / The Seattle Times)
Seahawk fans in a park across from the White House waited, but missed seeing their team since there had been no announcement of when players would arrive. Some fans had waited for four hours. They eventually gathered around three buses which reportedly had carried the team to the White House.
Kelly Price, formerly of Spokane, but now living in Burke, Virgina, rented a car with the hope of seeing the Seahawks. She brought along this 12-man flag that she had sewn. She tried to hang it from a barrier in the park, but a security guard came up and told her she could not do that. That didn’t dash her hopes of seeing the team.
Serj Chudak,, 33, a Seattle remodeler, is pictured on the right, with his wife, Diana, 31, pictured in the middle. Oleg Chudak, 25, who is in the U.S. Army, is on The left. The Chudaks had flown from Seattle to the nation’s capitol for a friend’s graduation, but stayed on in the hope of catching the Seahawks. They also didn’t get a glimpse of the players, but said Serj Chudak, “Even if I don’t see them, the slight presence of them is what counts.”