With a roar reminiscent of the Seattle Seahawks’ famous “12th man” all 49 members of the Washington State Senate today approved Senate Resolution 8624, honoring the National Football League team for its 2012 season which culminated with an historic playoff run.
Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, and admittedly a “huge Seahawks fan,” sponsored the resolution that was read in the presence of Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.
“The Hawks far exceeded the expectations of many of us – even the so-called ‘experts’ – and provided us with more game-day thrills than we could count,” Brown said. “This season they showed all of us how far you can get by working together as a team. They are an inspiration to many and a shining example for our youth, and I’m proud to be able to honor the team with this resolution.”
Led by Carroll, the Seahawks posted an 11-5 record and made the National Football Conference playoffs as the wild card. During their epic playoff run, the Seahawks won two consecutive games by scores of 58-0 and 50-17, a total combined margin of victory of 91 points. That feat, Brown says, hadn’t been accomplished in more than 70 years.
“I also wanted to share a little known fact that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson used to play second base for the minor-league Tri-City Dust Devils from 2010 to 2011,” Brown added. “While all of us are fans of Russell and the Seahawks, we in the Tri-Cities are especially proud to have been the home of such an outstanding athlete, even if just for a short time.”
Brown’s comments regarding Wednesday’s resolution constituted her first speech as a state senator in the Senate chamber, an event traditionally followed by good-natured ribbing and a distribution of gifts to the other senators. Brown’s gifts to each of her colleagues included a bottle of microbrew beer made in the Tri-Cities, a bottle of wine from an area vineyard and glow-in-the-dark bracelets which Brown quipped were made of spent nuclear-reactor fuel rods from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site.
“It’s been a whirlwind of activity since my appointment to the 8th District Senate seat, but I feel wholeheartedly welcomed by my colleagues and fully engaged in the issues now facing state government,” Brown said. “I’m so proud to represent the citizens of Kennewick, Richland, West Richland and the rest of the district, and I especially want to thank Carlos and Aleeza Martinez, Sergio and Anthony Rodriguez, Jesus Melendez, Chris Phillips, Douglas Smith, Stephen Hudson, and Ronald Hayden for driving all the way to Olympia from the Tri-Cities for today’s resolution.”