by: Mike Parker
Capt. Bryce Fisher of the Washington Air National Guard -- better known as a former DE for the Rams and Seahawks -- took to the skies with some Seattle players, coaches and familiars Wednesday.
Their mission? A simple refueling exercise in a KC-135 jet. It was a fairly routine deal for Fisher, now retired out of the NFL and pursuing a life he envisioned for himself after football. But for the day's honorary crew members, it was a sight unlike any they'd ever seen.
On board the refueling jet for the day's mission were Seahawks head coach Jim Mora, strength coach Mike Clark, tight ends John Carlson and Joe Newton, and ESPN's NFC West writer, Mike Sando.
Two excellent pictures of the day's event can be found on Sando's Facebook page, taken by former Seattle Times photographer Rod Mar. (Speaking as a former Times writer/photographer, I miss those days myself.)
Carlson said being along for the ride was an unforgettable experience.
"If I make a mistake on a route, I might drop a ball or there might be an interception," tight end John Carlson said. "If they make a mistake, it might be life or death. It really puts it into perspective."The KC-135 even had a Seahawks logo painted on its tail. How's that for a dedicated fanbase?