While most football stadiums are loud, the Seattle Seahawks have the loudest crowd in the National Football League. Anyone who has visited Centurylink Field can attest to the deafening noise and dedication of the Seattle fans. The Seahawks refer to their fans as the “12th Man” (a phrase actually trademarked by Texas A&M but after an out of court settlement, used by Seattle as well). In Seattle, a 12th Man flag is raised before each game (usually by a local celebrity), and many fans sport jerseys with the number 12.
So what’s with all the hype? Why do the Seahawks take it so seriously? Besides the fact that the crowd gets the home team pumped up, there is a huge benefit to all of this noise. The deafening noise at Centurylink makes it hard for the opposing team to hear, and many times, visibly rattles their cage. There have been more false start penalties against the opposing team at Centurylink than at any other field in the league.
So, no matter who Pete Carroll picks as Seattle’s quarterback, or how well the draft picks work out, there is one player Seattle can count on. This player comes to every game – loud, proud, and wearing the number 12.