As the 2013 NFL season came to a successful end in February for the Seattle Seahawks, the “12th Man” city had that much more reason to support their Super Bowl champs on Sunday afternoon. The Seahawks’ cornerback and ESPY’s “Best Breakthrough Player” Richard Sherman hosted his second annual celebrity softball game to raise money for his Blanket Coverage Foundation. In addition to the various celebrity players, Sherman was able to bring in over 22,000 attendees for the fundraiser that took place in the Safeco Field on Sunday night in Seattle. A hefty portion of this game’s proceeds went on to assist the All-Pro’s corner’s charity, which helps provide clothing and school supplies to low-income families in America.
The Seattle Seahawks was awarded “Best Team” in the ESPYs last week and proved their brotherhood on Sunday. Sherman recruited Russell Wilson, Earl Thomas, Michael Bennett, Bobby Wagner, Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin to take part in the charity event. The NFL Super Bowl stars were split evenly among the two softball teams and supported Sherman in his second annual charity event. Richard Sherman was the team captain for the “Blue Team” and quarterback Russell Wilson took the role as captain of the “Gray Team.”
Alongside the various Seahawks players that traded in their football helmets for baseball caps, were NBA players trading in their basketballs for softballs. The softball game also had Seattle-born Nate Robinson of the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant show off their softball skills for the charity event. Bryant went on to hit a home run during the game, despite not swinging a baseball bat in 20 years. Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers was also in attendance as he played basketball at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle. Portland Trailblazers’ Dorell Wright also came out to support Sherman. Legendary Seattle SuperSonics’ Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton also took part in Sherman’s charity softball game. Former Seahawks’ Lawyer Milloy went on to win MVP as he hit three home runs in his three times going up to bat. Seattle-native and rapper/hip hop artist Macklemore was one of the Seahawks’ most prominent 12th Man fan during this past NFL season. He also took part in the charity softball game in front of a 22,000 fan-filled Safeco Field. Sherman ended the game with the winning run for the “Blue Team” for a score of 19-17.
Richard Sherman and the entire Seattle Seahawks organization has grown in popularity over the past few NFL seasons. The team received a boost in popularity after winning Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos last season and began a “12th Man” legacy with their fans both in and outside of Seattle. This 12th Man crowd took their blue and green Seahawks football apparel to the Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Baseball Field to further support Richard Sherman and his Blanket Coverage Foundation. Over 22,000 fans attended the celebrity fundraiser to show that Seattle’s 12th Man crowd has grown to be just as big as their Seattle Seahawks.
Commentary by Tricia Manalansan