If you're watching the Seattle Seahawks host the New Orleans Saints today, you may be wondering: Who is Number 12 and why are there so many fans wearing and waving that number?
According to the Seahawks, "Seattle's fans are known as the loudest in the NFL, so much so that the league instituted a noise rule in 1985. Despite the rule, the 12th man continued the tradition, giving the Seahawks a home field advantage to this day."
In other words, the fans are Number 12.
"In 2003, the 12th MAN was honored once again, this time with a flag. The tradition of the 12th MAN Flag began October 12, 2003, when 12 original season ticket holders hoisted the flag prior to kickoff," the Seahawks webpage reads.
"The Seattle fans had such an impact on the success of the team in the 1980's that Seahawks President Mike McCormack retired the number 12 jersey on December 15, 1984 forever. A tribute to the best fans in the NFL."