Fan Moments

The berm is quiet this morning, but the fans will return this afternoon for today’s only practice at Seahawks training camp.

By all accounts, it was all good yesterday, when the first practices ever open to the public in the Seattle area provided fans with a chance to get up-close and even personal with the players.

A few mental snapshots from those inaugural open-to-the-public sessions:

Sign here, please: Phil Andruss – a.k.a. Mr. Mohawk – actually had his head autographed by wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Andruss, who was included in yesterday’s story about the first practice with fans in attendance, shaves most of his head to accommodate – and accentuate – his 13-inch spiked Mohawk. So there was plenty of room for even Houshmandzadeh’s name.

Has Houshmandzadeh ever autographed a head? “Never,” he said.

Sent Pack-in’: Fans lining the fence to watch the afternoon practice broke into a “wave” of boos when a fan walked through the crowd wearing a Green Bay Packers hat and T-shirt.

“Wrong Nation, dude,” one fan scowled.

Nate the Great: While the wide receivers were getting ready for the afternoon practice, one fan spotted wide receiver Nate Burelson and yelled, “Nate, you’re my favorite player.”

Without missing a beat, Burleson turned, pointed at the man and said, “And you’re my favorite fan.”

Extra effort: Atop the berm where many fans watched the workouts is a tent where fans can spin a wheel for a chance to get autographs after practice. Those sessions are held under another tent beside the berm.

But many players not included in the arranged session work the fence, signing autographs and posing for photos.

Middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu was the last player off the field in the evening – when he spent 30 minutes accommodating every request – and among the last to leave after the morning practice.

“They made the effort to come watch us,” he said. “It’s the least I can do.”


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