The Seattle Seahawks “12th man” makes Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington one of the most dangerous stadiums for opposing teams across the NFL.
While the fans are greatly missed this season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the spirit of the 12s lives on including the tradition of raising the 12th man flag minutes before every kickoff.
On Saturday against the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, the Seahawks have chosen a special group to raise the flag: The “Seahawks Swab Team.”
“We’re really, really excited to tell you guys that we’re so grateful for the work that you’ve done, so thankful for the spirit that you brought. Nurses, nurse practitioners… all you guys have been so extraordinary and because of the spirit that you brought all along and made this thing happen, taking care of our players and everybody in the organization, we would like you guys to raise the 12th flag at the game this weekend,” said Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.
Simply put, there wouldn’t have been an NFL season this year without the hard-working swab teams for all 32 teams in the league.
Specifically in Seattle, the Seahawks were the NFL team to not have a player placed on the COVID-19/reserve list until early December.
"It's been us trying to make sure the Seahawks get the results on time and ensure that everyone who was exposed or at risk is excluded fast and to reconfirm the results before they get into contact with anyone else," said Victor Omballa, site manager of the trailer testing site.
According to the Seahawks, this team would arrive between 4:30-5 p.m. and sometimes not leave until 6-7 p.m. You can read more about this extraordinary team here.
The Seahawks and Rams are scheduled to kickoff at 1:40 p.m. (PT) on Saturday, January 9 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.