Tri-Citians' share Seahawk stories

By the Tri-City HeraldFebruary 1, 2014 

Seahawks players Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor hold Trenton Hawk Boyus of Richland during their visit to the Tri-Cities for a training camp in 2012.

COURTESY MARYJO BOYUS

Child named for Seahawks

MaryJo Boyus and her husband, Jeff, were looking for a footballish name for their son. They considered Trent Dylan, allowing them to call him "TD" (short for touchdown). But the Richland couple decided the month before he was born to pay tribute to the Seattle Seahawks.

Trenton Hawk Boyus was born Dec. 12, 2011. That's 12/12, which MaryJo said is symbolic of the Seahawk's 12th man fanbase, equated with an extra player on the field during home games.

For good measure, the Seahawks played on Monday Night Football that evening, defeating the St. Louis Rams 30-13.

Trenton got to meet some Seahawks at a young age, getting his picture taken with cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Kam Chancellor at a youth clinic in July 2012 in Kennewick.

The players were surprised by Trenton's middle name, Boyus said. "They were just amazed."

Now 2, Trenton sleeps in a 12th man bedroom and enjoys watching the Seahawks with his parents, Boyus said. He likes to put his hands up and say "touchdown" when they score. He'd better grow up to be a Seahawks fan.

"If he doesn't, his dad is going to disown him," she said with a laugh.

But she doesn't worry about it.

"He's a cool little kid," MaryJo Boyus said.

Seahawks cast in aluminum

Kennewick artist Joel Fraga makes aluminum art resembling everything from people's faces to rock band logos. But, right now, he said the Seattle Seahawks are among his top sellers.

Fraga has sold about seven of the metallic pieces since the start of the season, he said. He has been a fan of the team since the 1980s, though he also makes art for National Football League teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers.

All of his art is made of recycled aluminum cans. He makes three-dimensional sculptures as well as two-dimensional portraits.

"I don't use any paint or anything," he said. "I just use different colors of aluminum."

He advertises the art on Facebook, but much of it is promoted word of mouth, Fraga said. He calls his work "Pop Culture by Joel."

"It's made out of pop cans, and it's popular things that are relevant to people," he said.

Seahulk going to Super Bowl

The Seahulk will be the newest superhero in New York.

Longtime bodybuilder Tim Froemke, who creates his alter ego by painting his body green for Seahawks games, was able to find a ticket 13 rows back in the end zone for Sunday's Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium for $3,800.

The Ritzville man visited the Jan. 24-25 Family Expo in Pasco to raise money for the trip by charging $5 for pictures with attendees.

The visit to Pasco helped pay for airfare and a hotel on the trip, but they still had to put a good bit of money on credit cards, his wife, Eva Froemke, said.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 191 and the National Electrical Contractors Association helped pay for the body painters who will work on him for three to four hours before the Super Bowl.

The Froemkes have already been getting attention on their New York trip. They have been featured on the Today show as well as NFL Network and Regis Philbin's show on Fox Sports 1, where Seahulk was interviewed.

"I got nervous, my voice cracked a lot," Tim Froemke said.

Philbin even came over to check if he was real, he said.

The visit also allowed Tim Froemke to meet a favorite former Seahawk, Matt Hasselbeck. He saw Hasselbeck quarterback the Seahawks in the 2006 Super Bowl in Detroit.

Eva Froemke, who wears a green and blue wig, was surprised by the international attention they got when they visited the Super Bowl Boulevard street fair in Times Square.

"The media just ran like a herd of elephants to us -- even the Russians," she said. "It was crazy."

Eva Froemke will watch the game from a sports bar while the Seahulk is at the Super Bowl, Tim Froemke said.

"She would rather spend 4,000 bucks fixing up our house than 4,000 bucks on the tickets to the Super Bowl," he said.

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