Fred Couples raises '12th Man' flag at Seahawks-Saints game

Fred Couples at the Seattle Seahawks-New Orleans Saints game
Fred Couples cast aside golf etiquette to rev up the record crowd as he raised the 12th Man flag at the Seattle Seahawks' game with the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 | 12:43 a.m.

Golf and football are just inseparable these days. The latest example: On Monday night, Fred Couples had the honor of raising the ''12th Man'' flag before the Seattle Seahawks' game with the New Orleans Saints on ''Monday Night Football.''

Couples was a logical choice for flag duty on this night because the Seahawks needed a guy nicknamed ''Boom-Boom'' to fire up the crowd as they set a new Guinness World Record for loudest ''crowd roar.'' The record crowd of 68,387 fans at CenturyLink Field hit 137.6 decibels during the second quarter, breaking the mark of 137.5 decibels set by the Kansas City Chiefs in October. The Chiefs had broken a record set by the Seahawks in the second week of the season.

After he raised the flag, Couples did a quick interview with Tony Ventrella for the Seahawks' website in which he revealed that he's in his second season as a season-ticket holder and expressed his love for the Hawks' game-day experience.

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''To be honest, this is more fun than golf ever is,'' Couples said. ''This is a blast for me.''

There is no way to embed that video here, but you can see it by clicking this link. Interspersed in it are the scenes of Couples actually raising the flag.

The Seahawks site also has a nice preview video of Couples, showcasing his youth in Seattle and his success as a professional golfer. It is well worth a look, and you can see it by clicking this link.

And finally, there were a couple of noteworthy tweets to mark the occasion: