12th man has big showing at Super Bowl Media Day

12th man has big showing at Super Bowl Media Day

Credit: KING

Seahawks fans at Super Bowl Media Day in Newark, NJ.

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by HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 7:45 PM

NEWARK -- Hundreds of fans joined reporters and camera crews on Tuesday in New Jersey, to rub elbows with their favorite Seahawks players during Media Day at the Super Bowl.

"We're the team of destiny this year, for sure," said fan Chris Michaelson, who brought his two-year-old son to Media Day.

They were among the 12s who filled the stands at Newark's Prudential Center, to watch and listen to what Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Pete Carroll and the rest of the team had to say.

Michaelson is from Washington and has been a Seahawks fan his whole life, but many in the crowd were Jets fans who now root for Seattle.

"I became a Seahawks fan thank to Pete Carroll," said fan Greg Packer.  "I think if Carroll had been able to stay longer in New York, he would've made the Jets winners."

The 12th man flag could be seen flying in the stands as reporters swarmed the floor.

KING 5 even ran into Seattle Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin, mingling with fans in the seats high above where members of his team were speaking to the media.

"Well this is my first Super Bowl Media Day," he said.  "I was told it'd be quite crowded and the best view was to come up and see it from the stands."

He also said he was thrilled to see so many folks from the Northeast rooting for the Seahawks.

"I really think the Seahawks are becoming a favorite team in the country, a national team," he said.  "We've got great personalities, a great coaching staff, great uniforms, and I just think there's a lot of reasons to follow the Seahawks right now.  It's fun to be a part of it."

Fans like Packer say they couldn't agree more.

"This is the prediction right here: Seahawks are going to rock the Broncos," Packer said.

Media Day took place from about 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday.  Many fans in the crowd said they played hooky from work and school to be there.

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