Jason and Wendy Rose had no reservations about pulling their three young daughters out of school Tuesday to get a glimpse of their beloved Seattle Seahawks.
They’d showed up at the team hotel Sunday hoping to see their favorite player, quarterback Russell Wilson. But the team entered through the rear door, and they never saw him.
Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day at U.S. Airways Center seemed like a sure thing. They got a discount on tickets, $22 instead of $32, and watched from the stands while players fielded a barrage of questions from journalists and entertainment personalities.
They were hoping to get an autograph, but what they wanted most was to say thank you.
Addy, 11, wears an insulin pump to control her diabetes, and earlier this year the Seahawks took notice.
Addy attended a camp in Massachusetts in which she participated in the Bionic Pancreas Project through Boston University. Wendy described the device Addy used as a closed-loop pancreas with two devices that automatically control her glucose levels.
She chose blue for one device cover and green for the other.
“And when they asked, ‘Why?’ she said, ‘Because I’m a Seahawks fan,’ ” Wendy Rose said.
When word reached the Seahawks, they made a donation to the Bionic Pancreas Project. Later Wilson and the team sent the Roses a package of Seahawks paraphernalia to be auctioned off at a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Former Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner also donated a signed football, but the ball signed by Wilson sold first, said Jason Rose. The Roses lived Oak Harbor but are now in the Phoenix area.
“It really meant a lot to us,” said Wendy. “We definitely love the Seahawks and as a family we embrace the 12 culture, but ... that personal reason that really makes us take our kids out of school, we want the team to know we appreciate their support.”
Jason Rose said his daughters – Maya, 9, and Kaelyn, 7, were also there – were “fascinated by the spectacle of media day.”
But it wasn’t quite what they expected. “We’d hoped to get down on the floor and get some autographs,” Jason Rose said.
The floor is reserved for players and credentialed journalists and other members of the media. Media Day has grown into, arguably, the second biggest event of Super Bowl week, behind the game.
Those posing the questions range from serious journalists to a man in a superhero costume from a children’s TV network (He asked Seahawks coach Pete Carroll about his clogging skills).
Last year, at the Super Bowl 48 Media Day in New Jersey, the NFL started selling tickets so fans could watch.
Fans sit in the stands at the sports arena and are given radio devices that allow them to tune in to hear players and coaches fielding questions on the floor.
Marty Ehnat and Josh Kinyon made it to Media Day from Puyallup and are hoping to be at Sunday’s game if ticket prices come down some. The friends watched as ticket prices rose from $1,200 to $1,400 and now almost $2,000.
“With the blizzard (on the East Coast), it should start coming down,” said Ehnat, wearing a white Seahawks No. 12 jersey. “I’m hoping to spend less than $2,000.”
“I’m going to pay it no matter what it costs,” said Kinyon, who not only had a blue Seahawks No. 3 jersey but a regulation Seahawks helmet. “That cost more than some used cars,” Ehnat said about the helmet.
Kinyon completed his Seahawks look with a logo shaved into one side of his head and a 12th Man logo on the other side.
“Someone asked why I had Tom Brady’s jersey on my head,” Kinyon said. “I don’t have much hair, so I had to get it carved up,” he said about why he chose the hairstyle.
With front row seats, they had unobstructed views to see Carroll and Wilson. The two were making the most of their time in Arizona: On Monday, they golfed. They both agreed that already too much has been made of “Deflategate” and the Patriots involvement in that.
“Maybe all the hype is a good thing,” Kinyon said. “Take all the attention away from Seattle.”
“Keep on talking about the soft balls,” Ehnat said, “but those soft balls did not make the Colts forget how to tackle (in the AFC Championship Game won by the Patriots, 45-7).”