The 12th Man will be well represented high above San Francisco Sunday when the Seahawks take on the 49ers at Candlestick Park, thanks to some industrious fans who’ve raised enough money to fly a banner from a plane before the game.
“There’s a lot of us that can’t make that game and we wanted to have our presence felt,” says lifelong Hawks fan Cedric Morris.
Morris says he and friend Travis Platt launched an online fundraiser to come up with the $1,300 it would cost to hire a plane to tow their banner for about 30 minutes before the game against Seattle’s archrival. The huge banner reads “Go Hawks-12.”
Morris hopes the banner gets a big rise out of the San Francisco fans.
“Well, they’re not going to like it, that’s for sure,” he laughs.
The banner is timed to fly over as the teams warm up for the game. Morris thinks it’ll help pump up the Hawks, and he’d be glad if it bothered at least a few of the 49ers.
“We’re going to get a little mental thing with the Niners. Try to beat them before the game even starts.”
The banner likely won’t get any live TV coverage since it’ll fly before the broadcast begins, but Morris says the Associated Press and some Bay Area TV stations plan to cover it.
The campaign has proven so popular, it’s raised 141 percent of its goal. So Morris plans to donate everything extra to The Wounded Warrior Project, which supports returning vets.
“We’re the 12th Man. We’re the greatest fans on earth,” he says of the effort.