(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
Triplett watches the game alone because she loves to “yell out the plays Pete should be running.”
It’s hard to miss Chewelah’s Polly Triplett waving to everyone while helping kids cross Highway 395 as one of Chewelah’s crossing guards. It’s also hard to miss her on gamedays decked out in Seahawks gear, cheering on the NFL’s Seattle franchise.
While one of Chewelah’s biggest Cougar fans, she is an original 12 and after some internet research we discovered that she was the biggest Seahawks fan in Chewelah. Through the good times and the many, MANY bad times of the Seahawks franchise, she has cheered them on. With the divisional round of the playoffs seeing Seattle travel to Lambeau Field Sunday to take on the Packers, its going to be another big game for Triplett to watch.
Triplett said she was introduced to football through her big brother’s love of the game in the early 1990s. She cheered on “The Boz” and Brian Blades. Blades was a particularly good WR for the Hawks through the 1990s with quick feet against the 49ers. Brian Bosworth, who just rose the 12th flag at Seattle’s last home game, was a highly-touted lineback coming out of college but injury shorted his career. You can tell by naming players like that, Triplett didn’t start rooting on the team after they won the Super Bowl in 2014.
“But my favorite Seahawks moment has to be the first time Russell Wilson took this amazing team to win their first Super Bowl with him at the helm,” Triplett said. “A man of God representing and giving all glory to Him, was a great moment.”
But her favorite player is Marshawn Lynch. She was thrilled to learn he had returned to the team this year after a series of running back injuries.
“Favorite player? That is like trying to ask a mom which one of her children she loves the most, that’s a loaded question but if I had to choose it would have to be my Beast Mode man, Marshawn Lynch,” she said. “Even after he left, with such class, to return home where he truly belonged.”
Triplett said she usually watches games alone in her big chair in front of a 70-inch television.
“It’s because I love to yell out the plays Pete should be running,” Triplett said. “No one should ever have to witness that.”
This week will be a bit of a tough go, as her son and all-state Chewelah football team kicker Sam Triplett is a Green Bay Packers fan.
“Lets just say we have a nice ‘wager’ on this Sunday’s game,” Triplett said. “If the Cheeseheads win, I have to clean his whole room – and lord only knows what’s been hiding in an 18-year olds room – and when my Hawks win, Sam will have to do the dishes for a month. So needless to say, if you’re on Sand Canyon this Sunday around gametime, you’ll probably hear Sam and I yelling at the TV, me in my Hawks gear all decked out and Sam in his Cheesehead.”