Family ties strengthened by Super Bowl championship

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 9:06 PM

They talk a lot about father-son bonding over football, but let us not forget the daughters.  Bob Cleveland is a 20-year season ticket holder with the Seahawks. By his side for many of those games was his daughter Karen.

"I've been going since I was a kid," she said, along the downtown victory parade route, Wednesday. "We'd grab a bag of peanuts and go into the game. That's what we always did on Sundays. It was awesome."

"I went through the bad times and now we've got the good times," added her dad.

The dad and daughter concede even those bad times weren't too terrible because the two got to build a relationship that has grown stronger over the years, and miles. When Karen moved to Florida, she and her dad would talk on the phone during the games, separated by a satelite delay, but connected by each play.

"He'd be shouting that someone just caught a pass, and I was like, "No! I haven't heard it yet!" Said Karen.

The Super Bowl celebration is even more important for this family because Karen's die-hard grandfather passed away before he could see his beloved Seahawks win a championship. "This one is for Pops," they said to each other, with a hug.

For Karen and her dad Wednesday's parade was sweet vindication for all those years spent stoically suffering side by side. It's a memory Karen will one day share with her own kids, and Bob with his grandchildren.

"This is the first of many, many, many to come," shouted Karen, the parade passing by before her gleaming eyes.

To them "Seahawks" means a lot more than just a football team. "It's a family thing," said Karen. "This means the world to us."
 

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