Newest 12th Man born in Federal Way at 12:12 during Seahawks' parade

Baby Benzee Laniyo was destined to be a 12, born at 12:12 p.m. on Wednesday during the Seahawks parade
Baby Benzee Laniyo was destined to be a 12, born at 12:12 p.m. on Wednesday during the Seahawks parade 'Moment of Loudness.'
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As many noted during the Seattle Seahawks 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, the number 12 showed up a lot.

The safety to begin the game was the fastest score in Super Bowl history, happening with 12 seconds off the clock.

The second half kickoff return by Percy Harvin took a total of 12 seconds to elapse, and put the Seahawks in a position to finish out one of the most dominant performances in Super Bowl history.

And now, the Seahawks have their newest 12, baby Benzee, who was born at 12:12 Wednesday during the “Moment of Loudness” declared by Gov. Jay Inslee that was part of the Seahawks’ celebration parade that day.

Baby Benzee was born at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, and is the son of Dionne Laniyo. Laniyo said the numerology of 12 didn’t stop with just the time Baby Benzee was born.

“Benzee was 6 pounds, 6 ounces and born at 12:12. The number 12 has great meaning in our family,” she said.

Benzee’s birth was also special, according to Laniyo, because her father passed away unexpectedly this past December at age 39.

“He was a huge Seahawks fan,” she said.

According to a family member The Mirror spoke with, the Seahawks’ beanie and blanket he’s swaddled in were provided by one of his grandmothers.





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