Some of the biggest Seattle Seahawks fans out there are our men and women in uniform.
This week, one 12th Man, Sgt. Garrett Rookstool of the U.S. Marine Corps, got the surprise of a lifetime when Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf sent him a one-of-a-kind jersey.
Rookstool, who serves as a satellite communications operator for the 3rd Marine Division Battalion Comm in Okinawa, Japan, was stunned by his gift from the Seahawks star.
“I heard about your incredible work within the Marines and the award you were presented by the USO this past summer,” Metcalf said in a video to Rookstool. “I also heard you were a big Seahawks fan, man. So, on behalf of the team, and the 12s, I want you to have this.
This past July, Sgt. Rookstool was honored as NCO of the Year for epitomizing the core values of the USO and exemplifying the concepts of “Mission First,” and “Excellence,” by consistently training nearly 100 marines over the course of a year.
“Sergeant Rookstool created an environment within his unit that upheld a high ethic of teamwork and ensured that himself, his peers, and his leadership accepted responsibility for group failures and praised individuals for their successes—through this, the values of “Collaboration” and “Accountability” were fostered within himself and within his unit,” his commander, Col Nation said.
Metcalf wouldn’t let Sgt. Rookstool’s accomplishments go unnoticed either.
“I just want to say thank you, DK Metcalf for this freakin’ awesome jersey,” Sgt. Rookstool said. “Go ‘Hawks! Ooorah!”
The Seahawks will honor military members and veterans all month long through the NFL’s Salute to Service Month. The 12 Flag was raised on November 10 at Camp Murray in Tacoma by four members of the Washington National Guard's COVID-19 Response Task Force and members of the Washington National Guard have also been invited to join the team's virtual pregame experience for the November 19 vs. Arizona.
Prior to kick off, Seattle will also present a special military challenge coin for the official coin toss. You can see what else the Seahawks are doing to honor current and former U.S. military members for their outstanding service here.