Marilyn Niehaus raises 12th Man flag atop the Needle
Marilyn Niehaus is flanked by daughter Greta Niehaus Dunn and son Andy Niehaus after the three raised the Seahawks’ 12th Man flag atop the Space Needle on Friday. (Photo courtesy of Rod Mar/Seahawks).
Since her husband’s death two months ago, Marilyn Niehaus has been understandably private and behind the scenes as her family and the community went about mourning the passing of Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus.
But on Friday, Marilyn was front and center in a most interesting fashion, perched atop the Space Needle as she and her daughter Greta and son Andy raised the Seahawks’ 12th Man flag in celebration of this Sunday’s NFL playoff game against the Bears.
I spoke with Marilyn afterward and she was still buzzing about the experience.
“I feel like I’m still flying high,” she said. You can read my full story here on the website.
Marilyn said it was an honor to raise the flag above the Space Needle, a ceremony the team has done prior to playoff games in recent years. Dave raised the 12th Man flag at Qwest Field prior to a regular-season game in ’06 and his wife clearly was touched to get the chance to do the same Friday..
She did admit to a slight fear of heights, but said Dave wouldn’t have been surprised that she’d climb out on the roof of the 605-foot high landmark. Doing adventurous things is not new to the Niehaus’ family.
“If someone asked me to take a trip tomorrow, I’d be packing,” said Marilyn.
As you’d expect, Marilyn Niehaus is a gracious woman who has been moved by the community’s reaction to the death of the man she shared with millions of fans over the years. To have her standing atop the city on Friday seemed like the perfect tribute both to her and the Seahawks, who flew to Chicago later in the day.
“We’re so excited for the Seahawks,” Marilyn said. “They’ve brought this city alive again.”