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Fan gets Seattle Seahawks prosthetic eye

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There are many ways to show incredible support and loyalty to your beloved franchise and Bill VandenBush has laid claim to his own unique way to the Seattle NFL franchise, with a Seahawks eyeball.

Deciding on the eye

In 1969, VandenBush lost his eye in combat and the 64-year-old Vietnam vet had to make do with a prosthetic replacement, however on his 10th anniversary with his wife Shannon, he was gifted a Seahawks eyeball to show his support for his beloved NFL team.

VandenBush had spoke that he always wanted some kind of unique symbol with his prosthetic eye, he explained: "I had always wanted something in my eye, like a skull and crossbones,"

You have to get a fake eyeball changed every five to six years for health reasons and when the deadline approached, the Vietnam vet could finally realise his dream with thanks to his wife.

Shannon said: "We had discussed the Seahawks logo before, but at that time it was really off the table, I wasn't really comfortable with it. But when I saw the process, I knew this would be the perfect gift for Bill."

She negotiated the price after finding out it was possible to have the NFL franchise imprinted on the prosthetic and was able to present her husband with the perfect gift.

Beginning of support

VandenBush moved to Seattle in 1979 and has since supported the team every step of the way, including the brilliant season and Super Bowl championship the Seahawks celebrated in February when they defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8.

VandenBush explained his delight at the present his wife surprised him with: "I was pretty overwhelmed with joy,"

He continues to wear a white prosthetic on regular days but has stated that he began wearing the Seahawks imprinted eye for the pre-season games and will surely continue when the regular season begins.

Story coverage

The story has picked up a lot of coverage including negative response according to VandenBush who says people have often referred to the Seattle-inspired fake eye as 'Creepy'.

Although he says words have never bothered him, VandenBush actually survived serious injuries in Vietnam and it took 10 years for his vocal chords to recover after they were damaged in battle.

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