Lummi man gives Seahawks celebration a new beat

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 5, 2014 

The term "12th Man" originally was coined in 1922 at Texas A&M when the Aggies called for a fan to come out of the stands, suit up and stand ready on the sidelines during a football game against top-ranked Centre College.

A Bellingham man showed that same willingness to help his favorite team in any way possible on Wednesday, Feb. 5, during the Seahawks' championship parade and celebration in downtown Seattle.

John Scott, 41, unselfishly gave a Native American hand drum he valued at $150 to $200 to Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to help a team Scott said he has cheered for "at least 30 years" celebrate its first Super Bowl title.

"It was an awesome moment - being from Bellingham and part of the Seahawks nation," Scott, who is part Lummi, said in a phone interview. "I've been getting a bunch of text messages about it."

Scott and his wife and children picked a spot at the intersection of Second Avenue and Washington Street to be among the estimated hundreds of thousands of raucous Seahawks fans to line a parade route from near the Space Needle to CenturyLink Field.

To help show his support for his beloved Seahawks, Scott brought along his 22-inch WestShore Canoe Family hand drum, which he said he had owned for six or seven years.

Lynch was on one of the first cars in the procession, allowing the running back, nicknamed "Beast Mode" who is known for his love of Skittles and hard-nosed runs, an opportunity to throw his favorite treat to fans along the parade route.

"As soon as he heard me beating the drum and he saw me, he turned around and looked right at me," Scott said. "Our eye contact was immediate. He kept waving his hands and asking for (the drum).

"I was a little hesitant at first when I realized he was asking for the drum. It's pretty expensive. But then I realized it was Marshawn Lynch asking. I had a good vibe, and I had some good feelings in my head. It was kind of like me blessing the gift, and I gave it to him. I patted my chest to let him know it was from my heart, and let him know he could keep it."

Throughout the rest of the parade route, Lynch was seen pounding the red- and black-marked drum with the eagle-feathered hand stick Scott said he had recently made, and Lynch was still carrying the drum when he entered CenturyLink Field for a ceremony that concluded Wednesday's festivities.

"I was just honored to give it up to him," Scott said. "It's how our native people do it. It was like a blessing from our people to the Seahawks."

Reach DAVID RASBACH at david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2271.

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