Sea Pimp says Seahawks fans are No.1
THE Sea Pimp, aka Mr Love, is a case study on just how much of a religion being a football fan in the US is.
Shannon Love has been attending Seattle Seahawks games since 1976, is known throughout the country for his fanatical support and he even has his own fan business cards which he hands out at games.
Seahawks fans are some of the loudest in the US.
Also known as the 12th man, the fans at the Seahawks' home stadium, CenturyLink Field, set the Guinness World Record for noise at one of their games last season, before the team went on to win the Super Bowl.
"Mr Love" has been at the forefront of that fan passion.
"I've been a season ticket holder since 1976 and I sat in the front row all through the Kingdome days, and then in this stadium," Love told APN.
"I've missed two (home) games in 39 years."
It took the "Sea Pimp" a hospitalisation to miss one of those games, and even then he was at the game in spirit.
"I've had several operations on my leg," he said.
"In fact one game they carried me from the hospital in wheelchair.
"They carried me down to my seat.
"The game that I missed, I was in the hospital after surgery, and they had a life-sized cut-out on my seat.
"And nobody sat there, which was kind of cool."
When asked about his passion for the team, football is life for Mr Love.
"I'm extremely passionate - I was the guy that led all the cheers in the old Kingdome," he said.
"I was the guy that ran the south end zone back then.
"Football's a lifestyle - it's evolved over the years and it means a lot to me.
"I'm invested in the fans, in that we are accountable, we mean something and now our names are reflected around the world.
"I now see our influence in other stadiums - our dominance and our willingness to work as a community.
"I really feel more of a fan steward than I am someone who's all about the stats."
Love believes Seahawks fans have a responsibility to cheer loudly for their team, and promote the "12th man" whenever possible.
"Our community is very strong and diverse, and there is a core belief that the 12th man is there helping," he said.
"I've been talking to a lot of other fans, and they've been asking us for 35 or 36 years how we do what we do, and they can't do that at their home.
"My motto is always be positive and concentrate on what you can do as a fan.
"Don't let it slip by. You too as fan have a job to do. Go 12. Go Hawks."