The 12th Man is represented in the highest levels of Benton County government.
Commissioner Shon Small had a tribute to the Seattle Seahawks temporarily emblazoned on his head this week ahead of the Super Bowl. The number "12," which symbolizes the Seahawks 12th Man fanbase, and the team's logo are shaved into his hair. The logo is on the side of his head and the 12 is on the back.
Small had the new hairstyle done Tuesday by Javier Sanchez from Dulcenea, the Sunnyside salon where Small's niece works.
By Wednesday afternoon, Small had already gotten plenty of comments and love from other local fans. "They're definitely high-fiving, that type of thing," he said.
The hairstyle "is a different way to be able to show your support," he said.
Small has been a Benton County commissioner about three years -- and a Seahawks fan even longer. His parents took him to his first game on his 14th birthday.
Small's father, Bill Small, died last April. In a way, the Seahawks tribute also is a tribute to him because he would have loved it, Shon Small said.
"He was truly my biggest hero," the commissioner said.
Small said it's been fun to see support for the Seahawks unfurl around the state and in the Tri-Cities, with residents, businesses and community leaders showing their Hawk pride.
On Sunday, the Benton County commissioner will be among those glued to the TV as the Hawks take on the Denver Broncos. A family party is planned at his house.
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