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Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

12th Man backs Richard Sherman at Mill Creek event

  • Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman laughs over 7-year-old Ethan Dumo's impression of a Michael Bennett touchdown dance during an autograph signing at ...

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman laughs over 7-year-old Ethan Dumo's impression of a Michael Bennett touchdown dance during an autograph signing at Mill Creek Sports on Tuesday evening. Ethan and twin sister Alison, of Lynnwood, were among several hundred people who showed up to meet Sherman.

  • Andrew, Jasmin and Brody Giles of Lynnwood wait in line to meet Seahawk Richard Sherman at Mill Creek Sports on Tuesday evening.

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Andrew, Jasmin and Brody Giles of Lynnwood wait in line to meet Seahawk Richard Sherman at Mill Creek Sports on Tuesday evening.

  • People waited in line, some starting as early as 11:30 a.m., outside Mill Creek Sports for the opportunity to meet and get an autograph from Seahawk p...

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    People waited in line, some starting as early as 11:30 a.m., outside Mill Creek Sports for the opportunity to meet and get an autograph from Seahawk player Richard Sherman on Tuesday.

  • Richard Sherman autographs a helmet Tuesday evening at Mill Creek Sports.

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Richard Sherman autographs a helmet Tuesday evening at Mill Creek Sports.

  • Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman shakes hands with eight-year-old Nick Finley, who had surgery earlier in the day but still made it to meet Sherman...

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman shakes hands with eight-year-old Nick Finley, who had surgery earlier in the day but still made it to meet Sherman on Tuesday evening at Mill Creek Sports.

  • Richard Sherman greets fans during a autograph signing at Mill Creek Sports on Tuesday.

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Richard Sherman greets fans during a autograph signing at Mill Creek Sports on Tuesday.

MILL CREEK — Seattle Seahawks defensive player Richard Sherman has fast hands, even off the field. The All-Pro cornerback signed keepsakes for hundreds of blue-and-green-clad fans during an hour-long event at Mill Creek Sports on Tuesday.
The shop, which specializes in autographed athletic memorabilia, sold all 300 tickets for Sherman's appearance prior to his game-saving defensive play Sunday. With the Seahawks now Super Bowl-bound, fans stood in a queue that spanned the length of the Mill Creek Boulevard strip mall.
Sherman and the autograph seekers were all smiles as he signed everything from simple paper to a helmet.
Susan Bolles of Snohomish waited more than eight hours to reserve the first spot in line.
"I'm the freezing-cold ice-cube woman," she said.
The longtime season ticket holder said the woman who sits next to her at games is deployed in the military. They have become close friends over the past decade. Bolles wanted to have Sherman sign her friend's Hawk head to make up for missing the excitement.
"We're like die-hard fans," she said.
Since the Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field, Sherman's post-game tirade in an interview with a Fox Sports reporter has come under fire. Sherman boasted and criticized opposing wide receiver Michael Crabtree after tipping a pass to Crabtree in the last minute of play, securing the 23-17 win.
"Sherman can walk the walk, so he can talk the talk," Bolles said.
Sherman has apologized for this week's comments, but for many in Mill Creek on Tuesday night, that was hardly necessary.
"You're that jacked up after the game," David Roberts, of Mill Creek, said as he waited in line. "You can't contain that excitement."
After Sherman's big play, Carmen Bailey of Mill Creek cried. She wanted to tell the Compton, Calif., native to never change.
"He's so inspiring," she said. "You can make it no matter where you come from. That's a great message."
Amy Nile: 425-339-3192; anile@heraldnet.com.

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