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Originally published Monday, February 3, 2014 at 9:34 PM

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Quiet landing for Hawks

Seattle’s Super Bowl champions arrived home Monday evening, with a small initial welcome from family members, friends and airport employees.

Seattle Times staff

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The Seattle Seahawks are home. The Super Bowl champs’ plane arrived around 6 p.m. Monday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, greeted by a group of at least 60 waiting family members, friends and airport employees.

First to disembark was head coach Pete Carroll. Before getting on one of the buses that took the team to the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC) in Renton, he said hello and shook hands with those in the crowd.

The team was largely subdued, with players acknowledging the group with waves and “No. 1.”

Richard Sherman got one of the loudest receptions as he hobbled down the steps and made his way toward the bus on crutches.

Later, despite the urging of Renton police that fans stay away, dozens were gathered near the intersection of Lake Washington Boulevard North and Seahawks Way to greet the team. Fans in Seahawks gear chanted and cheered as the buses approached the VMAC, then cheered some more as players left in cars. Diana Fishel brought three nieces to the Renton fan gathering. After the Super Bowl, they drove from Washougal, Clark County, to Renton and stayed overnight in a hotel to see the Hawks come home.

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