The Seattle Seahawks have one of the greatest fan bases in all of sports, and the team has nicknamed them the “12th Man,” referencing an extra player in addition to the 11 on the field (after the settlement of a rather ugly dispute with Texas A&M over the use of that name). In honor of the “12th man,” the Seahawks select one person (typically someone linked to the local sports scene) to raise the #12 flag before the game. The honoree, which is not announced until close to game-time, is a huge honor.
On Sunday, before a 17-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the man to raise the flag was Nathan Adrian, who hails from the Seattle suburb of Bremerton, Washington.
See the highlight reel that the Seahawks put together in Adrian’s honor here, and click here to watch an interview done with Adrian at the game, and click here to watch him raise the 12.
Others who have had the honor to raise the flag this year include golfer Fred Couples, the Eastlake Little League All-Stars, former Seahawk Shaun Alexander, and former NBA player Jack Sickma.