RENTON, Wash. -- The Seahawks weren’t the only hometown heroes on the training camp practice fields Wednesday.
Sixty US Navy sailors, both men and women, participated in USAA’s NFL Boot Camp Wednesday afternoon.
They were put through NFL combine-style football drills after getting autographs and pictures with their favorite Seahawks.
“It’s the best day ever,” said Navy chef Brittney Van Henderson after she got a selfie with quarterback Russell Wilson.
Yeoman First Class Amber Smith said she’ll never forget getting autographs from dozens of Seahawks players.
“They were saying we work harder than they do,” said Smith, “It’s unbelievable to say that and recognize our service.”
Defensive end Michael Bennett knows what it’s like to be in the military. As a child he lived in Bremerton when his father was in the Navy.
“We’re like the fake heroes, we’re like the cartoon heroes,” said Bennett, “They’re the real thing.”
The sailors also got a pep talk from Coach Pete Carroll, who thanked them for their service.
"The little bit we can do is let you come out here whenever you want," said Carroll.