The Seattle Seahawks are world champions. I was ten years old when the Hawks made their way into the Emerald City. I sat for hours memorizing the names, numbers, and statistics of every player. Those were the days of Jim Zorn, Steve Largent, and Norm Evans – all committed Christ-followers. Even though touchdowns were few and far between, the enthusiasm of Pete Gross kept fans energized. “Touchdown Seahawks” is etched in my memory banks. The Hawks were not very good in those days but fans in Seattle were content to have an NFL franchise for the first time.
Thirty-eight years later, the Hawks have moved from goat to glory. And with a young team, the prospects for Super Bowl greatness should endure for the foreseeable future. But thanks to free agency, it becomes next to impossible to keep a winning team intact. For instance, Golden Tate will become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. Here’s the simple math: Successful receiver + Super Bowl champion + free agent status = huge contract with another team.
I remember being so disappointed as a kid when my favorite players were shuffled off to rival teams – all for the almighty dollar. Most players are quick to respond, “It’s only business.” That response was utter nonsense when I was a kid. That response is utter nonsense now! It appears that Seahawks receiver, Golden Tate agrees. When asked about his chances for signing a big contract, Tate responded, “Honestly, I would rather take a little less to be happy and win ballgames than to take way more and go to a crappy city where the fans don’t give a crap about the team, you win a game once a month – something like that.” For Tate, loyalty to his team trumps the almighty dollar.
Golden Tate is a breath of fresh air. His loyalty to the Seahawks is exemplary. Perhaps his passion to remain with a winning team will spread. After all, Steve Largent ran the grid iron for 13 years in Seattle, Edgar Martinez spent his entire 18 year career with the Mariners, and Cal Ripken, Jr. played for 21 years in Baltimore. Each of these players were committed to one team. Perhaps those days are gone. But if Tate gets his way, he’ll take less to remain in Seattle and thousands of little kids will rejoice. Tate’s young fans could care less about the cash and multi-year deals. They just want to see their hero in the end zone.
The Seahawks are world champions. The air is “golden” in the Emerald City!