With the birth of an NFL franchise in 1976, Seattle fans were no longer starved for their own professional football team. As the Seahawks strengthened their young franchise, their loud, sold out crowds became known as the 12th MAN ®.
Seattle fans had such an impact on the success of the team in the 1980's that Seahawks President Mike McCormack retired the number 12 on December 15, 1984.
Throughout the 1980's Seattle's fans became known as the loudest in the NFL, so much so that the league instituted a noise rule in 1985. Despite the rule, the 12th MAN continued the tradition, giving the Seahawks a home field advantage to this day.
In 2003, the 12th MAN was honored once again, this time with a flag. The tradition of the 12th MAN flag began October 12, 2003, when 12 original season ticket holders hoisted the flag prior to kickoff.
Now, at every home game just before kickoff, the flag is raised in honor of the 12th MAN. From former Seahawks greats, to local celebrities and sports personalities, being called upon to raise the flag has become an honor within itself.
The flag has become a symbol of Seahawks supporters all over the Northwest, raising the spirit of the 12th MAN.
In 2005, the 12th MAN made a difference in helping the Seahawks win their first-ever NFC Championship. The Seahawks were undefeated at CenturyLink Field and set a single-season attendance record.
On November 27th, the Seahawks defeated the New York Giants in a dramatic overtime win. The 12th MAN's vocal support helped contribute to the victory by causing 11 false start penalties and three missed field goals.
Coach Mike Holmgren dedicated the game ball to the 12th MAN the following day. The ball, now known as the 12th MAN Ball, resides in the Wells Fargo Club.
® The term 12th MAN is a trademark of Texas A & M University and its use is pursuant to a license agreement with the university.