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09/04/2014 06:50 pm ET Updated Sep 04, 2014

12 Things To Know About The Seahawks' 12th Man

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As the Seattle Seahawks try to repeat as Super Bowl champions, they come prepared with one of the most dynamic weapons in the NFL. No, it's not their confident and dominant defense. It's not their young star quarterback Russell Wilson. It's not their popular head coach Pete Carroll.

It's the fans in their stadium. All 67,000 of them.

Here are some incredible facts about Seattle's CenturyLink Field faithful, also referred to as The 12th Man.

  • They're One Of The Best Home Field Advantages In Sports
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    The Seahawks are 66-30 (.6875) at home since 2002, and 24-8 (.750!) since Pete Carroll took over the team in 2010.
  • They Can Get Louder Than A Jet Plane
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    The 12th Man's collective roar reached a staggering 137.6 decibels (a Guinness World Record) during a December 2013 beatdown of the New Orleans Saints. That's just a handful of decibels away from eardrum rupture territory.
  • And They Can Literally Shake The Earth
    In a 2011, wild card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, Marshawn Lynch ripped off a late 67-yard touchdown run. The 12th Man cheered and celebrated so loud during the play that they registered as seismic activity on the nearby Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.
  • They're A False-Start Producing Machine
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    Since 2005, CenturyLink Field has been the site for 130 opponent false starts, the most of any venue in the NFL.
  • Mike Holmgren Once Even Gave Them The Game Ball
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    The then-Seahawks coach symbolically presented the 12th Man with the game ball following a 34-31 overtime win over the New York Giants in November 2005. Holmgren credited the crowd noise as the cause of the Giants' 11 false starts and three missed field goals.
  • The Seahawks Retired The Number 12 In 1984 In Honor Of Their Fans
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    The franchise was just 8 years old at the time when No. 12 was retired in honor of the Seahawks fans. They wouldn't go on to retire an actual player's number until 1992 (Steve Largent).
  • A 12th Man Flag Adorned The Space Needle
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    A quartet of former Seahawks players -- Dave Wyman, Craig Terrill, Alex Bannister and Joe Tafoya -- raised the flag to the Needle's roof during the team's 2014 Super Bowl run.
  • They Have Their Own Jerseys
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    Not only does the 12th Man have its own Seattle Seahawks jersey available at the NFL pro shop, but it's also among the 10 highest-selling uniforms in the league.
  • They Can Count The President As One Of Their Own
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    When the Seahawks visited the White House following their Super Bowl victory, they bucked a longstanding tradition. Instead of presenting the president with a customized jersey, they elected to offer him the 12th Man's signature flag instead.
  • They Pass The Tradition Onto Their Kids
  • They Serenade Russell Wilson With A Phish Song
    In August 2013, Phish frontman Trey Anastasio suggested that fans adopt the song "Wilson" as the anthem for their starting quarterback. The 12th Man has been using it ever since. When the stadium plays the guitar riff from the song, the crowd responds by chanting, "Wiiiiiiiiilson!"
  • They Don't Let A Trivial Detail Like Copyright Stop Them
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    Turns out, the Texas A&M Aggies have also been calling their cheering section the 12th Man for decades, and the university went so far as to copyright the distinction in 1990. The Seahawks reached an out-of-court agreement with the Aggies in 2006, allowing them to continue with their own use of the name in exchange for $100,000 upfront and a $5,000 annual licensing fee thereafter, per Forbes.com

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