A longtime Seahawks fan from Benton City has chosen to celebrate the team's Super Bowl victory in a unique way.
Tim Waters built a four-foot-high replica of the Vince Lombardi trophy out of plywood and sealed it with aluminum tape, topping it with a real football wrapped in aluminum.
Then he clamped it to the bed of his 2009 Ford F-350 pickup. A full-sized Seahawks helmet sits next to the trophy, with a mini-helmet mounted on it.
It's quite the discussion starter. It gets attention, whether he's driving around the Tri-Cities or parked in a parking lot. He often finds people taking "selfies" next to the trophy when he returns to his truck.
"I get a lot of people coming up beside me (on the road) and they've got the 'thumbs up,' " Waters said.
Waters has been a Seahawks fan since they came into the National Football League as an expansion team in 1976. His home features an assortment of memorabilia, ranging from a Seahawks golf bag to a Seahawks neckerchief for his dog, Jasmine, to classic McDonalds glasses adorned with the faces of early greats like quarterback Jim Zorn.
He's even got a Seahawks toaster. It will iron the Seahawks logo on a piece of bread, but is only used for special occasions, Waters said.
"I did it for the Super Bowl," he said.
Waters uses fans' passion for the Seahawks to raise money for the Benton City American Legion post, where he is commander. They have people over to watch the games, and raised $7,000 for the post during the season through 50/50 drawings -- where the winner splits a pot with the post.
Waters and his wife, Darlene, are on a limited income since he had to give up his job as an ironworker after suffering an injury. They have only been to four Seahawks games, most recently watching them lose 19-17 to the rival San Francisco 49ers on Christmas Eve 2011. But he has always followed the team, even when he was stationed with the Army in Germany for eight years in the 1980s.
Darlene Waters admits she could "take or leave" the Seahawks games up until a few years ago. But she recently decided to embrace her husband's fandom -- they both painted their faces the last game they went to.
"I just stick with him," she said. "He's been a diehard Seahawks fan from Day 1. He gets really excited, and it's fun."
She did set down one rule -- Tim can only keep the trophy mounted to the back of the truck for a month.
"She's afraid it's going to fall off going down the highway -- which it won't," he said.
That's OK with Tim. He still has a "12" on each of the pickup's doors, as well as his Seahawks license plate. He got the plate the second day the state started issuing them last year.
And he will put the trophy back on his pickup for the annual Benton City Daze parade in the summer when he is hauling the American Legion float.
"Now the float will be American Legion type stuff, and the truck will be all Seahawks," he said.
-- Geoff Folsom: 509-582-1543; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @GeoffFolsom