We’re a Seattle-based company and there have been plenty of great reasons to root for the Emerald City’s home teams of late, especially when it comes to football. With the Hawks season home opener versus the Miami Dolphins this weekend, we thought we’d share 5 things you might not know about the Seattle Seahawks.
1. A Woman Named the Team: When the NFL awarded an expansion team to Seattle, the new organization held a contest to name it. 20,365 entries were submitted with 1,741 different proposed names. 151 of those names were for the "Seattle Seahawks” and from that pool the organization drew a name at random to determine who ‘officially’ named the team. A Washington woman named Hazel Cooke won and was awarded two 1976 season tickets.
2. Team Logo Has Roots in Native American Art: The Seahawks team logo design was modeled after a wooden transformation mask carved by the Kwakwaka’wakw Native American tribe, who predominantly reside in British Columbia. A more detailed account of the mask and logo’s history in this blog post from Seattle’s Burke Museum at the University of Washington.
3. Seahawks Fans Have Created Multiple Earthquakes: The first 12th Man-created quake, affectionately called the “Beast Quake,” occurred after Marshawn Lynch’s 67-yard touchdown run in 2011 and lasted about 30 seconds. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network recorded a magnitude of between 1 to 3. Fans did it again when Kam Chancellor returned an interception against the Carolina Panthers for 90-yard touchdown run during the 2015 playoffs. Finally, they created the "dance quake" after the win against the Green Bay Packers to advance to the 2015 Super Bowl. Seismic sensors have now been installed at CenturyLink Field to monitor further earthquakes caused by Seahawks fans.
4. Seattle Almost Lost its Hawks: In 1996, team owner Ken Behring announced he was taking the Seattle out of the Seattle Seahawks, citing concerns over earthquake danger at the Kingdome. There was an instant public outcry and, as moving vans trucked team equipment from their Kirkland headquarters to Southern California and players began training there, state and King County leaders fought back with threats of breach of contract and an anti-trust lawsuit against Behring. The Hawks Hijacking finally crumbled under the legal pressure and a threat from the NFL to fine him half a million dollars a day if he didn’t bring the team back. So, he decided to sell. Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen bought the team, voters pushed for a brand new stadium and the Seattle Seahawks were saved.
5. Quirky Quick Seahawks Factoids: Thanks to some conference swapping in the '70s and 2000s, no other NFL team has competed in both an AFC and an NFC championship game. In 2015, Russell Wilson—all 5-ft. 10-in. of him—became the shortest quarterback to have ever won the Super Bowl. And, in case you were wondering, rejected name ideas suggested by locals included “Seattle Running Salmon,” “Seattle Rainbeams,” “Seattle Pachyderms,” and “Washington Georges.”
To celebrate this amazing history, we created a special Qliplet in the color “Go Seattle,” which is awesome for tailgating and keeping your belongings in check during the game. We clip our bags to our seat to keep them off the stadium floor and bundle our shopping bags together after a trip to the Seahawks Team Store. You can get your own Go Seattle Qliplet here.