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Seattle's biggest fan hasn't missed single Seahawks game

Seattle's biggest sports fan Big Lo hasn't missed a Seahawks home game in 28 years. Here he's shown protesting a referee's call during the Seahawks regular season finale against St. Louis. (Josh Kerns/
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If you've ever watched a Seahawks game, you've seen and heard Lorin Sandretzky. After all, at 6'7 and banging his two piece Sea-Fence sign in the front row of the end zone, he's impossible to miss. The super fan known as Big Lo hasn't missed a home game in 28 years.

"I got into it when I was young," he says. "Dad did all the bulldozer work, he was an operating engineer, so he did all the flatwork for the Kingdome. So I saw the whole thing progress from the ground up and became a Kingdome kid."

Since then, he's devoted his life to the Seahawks, along with the rest of Seattle's sports teams. One look at his numerous tattoos tells you all you need to know about his passion.

"I've got a big old Marshawn Lynch with Skittles on my leg, I've got Blitz the mascot, all the mascots in fact. I've got all the logos. I've got Felix doing the Felixing thing. I just got Clint Dempsey on my neck when he signed with the Sounders."

He's so passionate and so visible, Big Lo has been dubbed Seattle's biggest sports fan. But he insists he's just one of many.

"I'm just the guy they stuck on the tube," he says.

He's far from alone. Big Lo is one of a group of hard core fans who've made the South end zone their home away from home. He says it's about more than just the games - they've become family.

"My mom passed away when I was 7 years old and so the camaraderie with the fans just builds over the year. You have a lot of fans you want to be with all the time. It's like they're your brothers and sisters."

Like family, they share the good times and the bad. Luckily, there haven't been many this season. But Big Lo admits when the Seahawks lose like they did unexpectedly, he takes it pretty hard.

"I cried pretty hard. I had a couple of the field guys come up saying 'Man Big Lo, we just wanted to come up and give you a hug and make you feel better,'" he laughs.

But Big Lo is just as likely to try and help someone else feel better. He's devoted his psuedo-celebrity to raising money and helping the needy. He's raised thousands of dollars to provide Christmas gifts and food to dozens of families.

The players often help him out, donating autographed pictures and other memorabilia. He says his biggest thrill is the relationships he's developed over the years with many of them.

"It's a great feeling because they know I put it all out on the field for them, smacking my sign and screaming and hollering. They give it right back. So the players I know love me and I feel really great about that," he says.

But Big Lo says he makes sure he respects their space and isn't some stalker.

"You know, when the teams come back, I don't go down to the VMAC and intrude on their spot. We go to the airport, we support them when the buses drive by."

Still, with the Seahawks gunning for their first Super Bowl title, Big Lo admits he'll probably lose all composure if his beloved team can get their hands on the Lombardi Trophy.

"Oh boy, I just hope I get to touch the thing. I've never wanted to hold a trophy so bad," he laughs.

About the Author

Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. He covers everything from May Day riots in Seattle to the latest Boeing news.


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