ESPN's Mike Tirico called him one of the greatest athletes ever born in the Seattle area. While many Seahawks fans might not immediately identify with Fred Couples, the Seattle native had the honor of raising the 12th man flag at CenturyLink Field just before kickoff in Monday night's huge Seahawks-Saints game.
When news of Couples getting the job surfaced, some Seattle fans were a little confused and not totally thrilled with the choice for such a huge home game. He does point out a particularly valid piece of irony:
Fred Couples, because nothing says break the record for light claps and whispers like a golfer.— Chris T. Masname (@30AcreFortress) December 2, 2013
Couples is quick to cite his Seattle allegiance during interviews while out on the PGA Tour, pumping his fandom of all of the city's teams. So Monday night had to be a pretty cool experience for the 54-year old, who many consider to be the coolest golfer who has ever lived:
Not bad form for the World Golf Hall of Famer and 1992 Masters champ.