The Seattle Seahawks are known for having one of the most dedicated fanbases in the NFL, but you'd perhaps be surprised just how far the 12s extend across the globe.
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The Seattle Times has the heartwarming back story. Thomas received the hat from a passionate fan group called the Russian Sea Hawkers, die-hard collective of Seahawks fans from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Baltic states, Germany and the Czech Republic. Every week during the season, the group gathers online in the pre-dawn hours to root for their favorite American football team.
In a letter addressed to Thomas, a member of the Sea Hawkers explained the significance of the cap, gifted to Thomas as a show of appreciation.
It is a uniform winter hat of naval pilots based on the only Russian aircraft cruiser -- Admiral Kuznetsov. These guys fly multirole fighter aircrafts MiG-29K (Mikoyan MiG-29K, NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-D). We think that the coincidence of your numbers and tasks on the football and battle fields is highly symbolic.
A nice story during this period of distressingly strained relations between two global superpowers. Hit us with the bits, Petey!
Carroll said he can't wait to communicate with the Russian #Seahawks fans, "you know, like the president." ZING!â Liz Mathews (@Liz_Mathews) January 9, 2017