Seahawks Fans Chant “Wilson” During Monday Night Football
News broke last week that NFL Films is currently producing a feature on Phish and the Seattle Seahawks, highlighting the relationship between the Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Phish's desire to get the song "Wilson" played in their stadium. Lately, Wilson has taken the field to the opening notes of the song, prompting a chant from the always sold-out crowd. Known for being one of the loudest stadiums in the league (and sports in general), CenturyLink Field is now the home of the "Wilson" chant.
Last night, as the Hawks played host to the Saints, NFL Films was on hand to film the chant as it happened. Sure enough, the fans obliged as Russell Wilson took the field to a chant of "Wilson" on his way to a 34-7 bludgeoning of the Saints, a win that improved Seattle's record to 11-1 and put them firmly in the drivers seat for home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Look for more "Wilson" chants well into January, as Seattle is now the odds-on favorites to represent the NFC in February's Super Bowl.
NFL Films took to their blog prior to the game to explain the situation:
The Seahawks have two scheduled Wilson “riffs” during each game:
1) When Russell Wilson goes from the sideline to the huddle for the Seahawks first offensive series of the game.
2) When Russell goes to the huddle for the first offensive series of the 3rd quarter.
In addition, the video board producers will sometimes play spontaneous Wilson riffs before other Seahawks offensive series’ throughout the game. So whenever Russell is heading to the huddle, keep your ears open for Trey’s “duh-duh, duh-duh” and keep your eye on the jumbo-tron so you can crank out your best “Wiiiiil-sooooon!” chant … Our camera may just be pointed at you as it rolls to gather as many Wilson chants as possible.