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Thomas joined the defensive backs on the field for their pregame huddle. He was on crutches from a broken leg sustained in Week 13 and was donning a fur hat that was apparently given to him as a gift from a group of fans known as the Russian Sea Hawkers.
Sean Quinton of SeattleTimes.com unearthed the story of how the hat got to Thomas.
One of the members of the Russian Sea Hawkers has a friend who works with Thomas. The group moved quickly to get the hat, a plush cat and a letter to Thomas before Saturday's game.
The writing on the hat translates to: Restricted air space. No fly zone. Restricted by Earl Thomas.
"Pavel [a group member] decided to deliver the precious cargo directly by himself," Boris Khodok, a member of the Russian Sea Hawkers, told SeattleTimes.com. "Pavel took a day off, got on a bus and got to Vladimir just in time to meet Alexander [another member]. Alexander confirmed the hat and a cat in Earl’s jersey should be delivered to Seattle."
Part of the letter read, "We love you not only for interceptions and tackles, your invincible spirit -- that is what is more important for us, it is great that you were able to demonstrate it in the game against Falcons."
Thomas is out for the postseason but has said that after contemplating retirement, he has decided to return for the 2017 season.