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Earl Thomas’ crazy Russian hat came from some crazy Russian fans

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Other than the way they ran the ball the other night, the most impressive thing in Seattle was Earl Thomas‘ hat.

The injured Seahawks safety was on crutches wearing an overcoat and a fur-lined hat, which didn’t just look Russian — it was a gift from a group of fans in Russia.

Via Sean Quinton of the Seattle Times, the hat actually carries his number 29 and an inscription in Cyrillic letters which reads: “Restricted Air Space. No fly zone. Restricted by Earl Thomas.”

The hat was sent to him by Boris Khodok and the Russian Sea Hawkers, a group of fans scattered across the former Soviet republics and Eastern Europe. Saddened by their favorite players broken leg, they wanted to send him a gift, and found a Russian Navy hat worn by the pilots on the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, who fly MiG-29s.

They also sent him a letter which read, in part:

“We wish you to stay on the field for many years with no injuries, to hold Lombardi Trophy in your hands couple of times more, and to put on a gold jacket in Canton afterwards. We wish you all the best, be happy and let love, peace and harmony live at your home.

“If it is not difficult, could you please tell your teammates that when they take the CenturyLink Field or any other field, they are supported not only by those who came to the stadium, we are also with you – watching games live on the Internet. And we are also shouting, but that is more like whisper-shout because when you play on Sunday evening, it is already the middle of working Monday in the east of Russia, and 3 a.m. in the West – so we just don’t want to wake our families up shouting too loud.”

Thomas might not need the protection from the elements since they’re playing indoors in Georgia Saturday (the one between South Carolina and Florida, not Russia and Turkey). But he at least has a cool souvenir from some overseas fans.

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32 Responses to “Earl Thomas’ crazy Russian hat came from some crazy Russian fans”
  1. Kim Jong Goodell says: Jan 9, 2017 7:51 AM

    That group has probably been Seahawks fans longer than 90% of “the 12s”…

  2. unionjack1776 says: Jan 9, 2017 8:05 AM

    Russians are people just like us. Don’t buy the media hype.

  3. 1stargazer says: Jan 9, 2017 8:06 AM

    Watch out Earl, you’ll be accused of having the Russians trying to influence the playoff results.

  4. iamapatsfan says: Jan 9, 2017 8:31 AM

    That’s pretty awesome!

  5. albanyhawker says: Jan 9, 2017 8:31 AM

    Well done working in the double Georgia reference. Give yourselves a gold star for that!

  6. marty2020 says: Jan 9, 2017 8:41 AM

    That’s about the coolest hat I’ve ever seen.

  7. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jan 9, 2017 8:59 AM

    Hmm last I checked with our media, Russians were helping destroy this county. Now we are supposed to be endeared by this gift of a hat?

    Which Seahawk is the racist America-hater that doesn’t stand for our national anthem? Is it him or Bennet? I forgot, there’s so many.

  8. metalman5150 says: Jan 9, 2017 9:07 AM

    But the news tell me that russians can not be trusted bc the hacked the president.

  9. weepingjebus says: Jan 9, 2017 9:10 AM

    So excited I can barely type

  10. unbridledsexy says: Jan 9, 2017 9:11 AM

    That’s a nice gift from a fan, I hope they say him wearing it last night.

  11. seabrawk12 says: Jan 9, 2017 9:17 AM

    I was very glad to see Earl on the sidelines before the game. His presence alone makes a difference. On to Atlanta.

    Go HAWKS

  12. xavier179 says: Jan 9, 2017 9:17 AM

    Trump’s buddy Putin sent him the cap.

  13. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jan 9, 2017 9:22 AM

    That’s pretty bad ass looking and a really letter to go along with it.

    Good for him to wear it on TV and show his ‘thanks’ in that way. Classy move by s classy guy

  14. mypostsalwaysseemtogetdeleted says: Jan 9, 2017 9:32 AM

    This is very cool.

  15. jayhawk6 says: Jan 9, 2017 9:35 AM

    …just waiting until Trump tries to take credit for this.

  16. bonerfartblog says: Jan 9, 2017 9:38 AM

    Nice story about international fandom and sweet hat for the only guy I respect on that squad.

    Hopefully Goodell quits whoring out every aspect of the NFL to the billionaire class with world wide franchise expansion. Instead chooses sensible options to reach out and make the NFL more accessible to international fans. It doesn’t always have to be about the money, it’s about the tradition and what it’s meant to the average American. Average Russians, Germans, Ghanians, Australians, Thai all want that too.

  17. chadsmith013 says: Jan 9, 2017 9:43 AM

    man that is a fresh hat.

  18. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 9, 2017 9:43 AM

    These are the Russians that need to topple the Kremlin and make Russia great again! What a kind spirit.

  19. yooperman says: Jan 9, 2017 9:48 AM

    Wow, that is pretty cool story.
    BUT now that Goodell know there are a couple of fans in Russia he is going to want to put a team there.
    Go Moscow Polar Bears!

  20. dohczeppelin says: Jan 9, 2017 9:56 AM

    This is a pretty cool story.

  21. nwofolife says: Jan 9, 2017 9:57 AM

    The Russians get it.

  22. squackduckhawk says: Jan 9, 2017 10:00 AM

    That is one of the best fan stories I have heard in quite awhile. I love the “No Fly Zone” touch. With all of the tension between America and the region, it is nice to see Football help bridge the cultural gap. Knowing how passionate Earl Thomas is, I would not be surprised to find out that the hat is now one of his most prized-possesions. Cheers to Boris Khodok and the Russian Seahawkers!

  23. yourcubreporter says: Jan 9, 2017 10:01 AM

    They also wanted a Trump Presidency, so…

  24. atomicwaste says: Jan 9, 2017 10:15 AM

    This is really awesome- kudos ruskies!

  25. dohczeppelin says: Jan 9, 2017 10:16 AM

    Those Russian guys must have lost it when they saw him wearing it on the broadcast.

  26. RegisHawk says: Jan 9, 2017 10:26 AM

    Insert Breno Giacomini reference/joke here.

  27. jdphx says: Jan 9, 2017 11:50 AM

    “We wish you all the best, be happy and let love,
    peace and harmony live at your home.”

    This is the way most Russian’s act. Not like our media portrays them…

  28. jdphx says: Jan 9, 2017 11:51 AM

    “We wish you all the best, be happy and let love,
    peace and harmony live at your home.”

    This is most Russians. Not what the media portrays.

  29. hawkforlife says: Jan 9, 2017 11:52 AM

    That had to have felt really great when he opened the box and saw that. That’s got to be the all time NFL fan story excepting little fans who are sick and get to meet their heroes.

  30. purpleguy says: Jan 9, 2017 12:25 PM

    I’m glad the Russian fans didn’t send him a leotard from the Bolshoi Ballet Company.

  31. Gouki_in_Japan says: Jan 10, 2017 12:36 AM

    “This is the way most Russian’s act. Not like our media portrays them…”

    Tell that to Ukraine.
    But all politics aside, this was a nice gesture from a classy group of ‘Hawks fans.

  32. ratsfoiledagain says: Jan 10, 2017 11:20 PM

    A nice story about a group of fans overseas and goobers had to interject politics.

    Some just can’t leave well enough alone.

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