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Deception Pass Bridge got a heavy dose of the 12th man last week as approximately 150 Seattle Seahawks fans held a rally on and around the span.
Fans gathered at the iconic bridge on Dec. 28 to show their support of the region’s playoff-bound NFL team.
Many of the fans were from Whidbey Island.
A new “12’s” rally is planned for noon Sunday, Jan. 5, in Coupeville, culminating at the Coupeville Wharf at 1:15 p.m.
The rallies are being promoted by Kory Dyer, a 2002 Oak Harbor High School graduate who works at China City restaurant in Oak Harbor.
Dyer also is in contact with the Seahawks booster club in an effort to start Whidbey Island’s own chapter.
The Seahawks defeated the St. Louis Rams, 27-9, Sunday to win the NFC West Division and secure home field throughout the playoffs.
Seattle (13-3) earned a first-round playoff bye with the victory and is considered one of the favorites to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.
Jack Hartt, park manager at Deception Pass State Park, said the Seahawks fans did a great job of remaining safe and respectful to others on the bridge, and the rally went off with only a couple of small hitches.
There were times when Seahawks flags crept too close to windshields of passing cars.
The biggest test came when a St. Louis Rams fan drove by.
“Kory was a great organizer,” Hartt said. “He listened to all of our concerns and talked to his people to make sure they understood our needs of safety on the bridge.”
The rally was such a hit that fans from other parts of the island sparked the idea of holding another gathering on Central or South Whidbey.
That led to the idea of staging a rally in Coupeville. Fans will park near the high school at noon and walk across town to the wharf for a group photo.
Dyer said many fans plan to stay downtown and visit local restaurants and bars to watch the NFC playoff game between San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers with that winner possibly traveling to Seattle the following weekend.