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Bigger-than-life-size Russell Wilson wins Hawks Buddy photo contest

Creative staffers at Advanced Technology Construction in Renton win The Times' Hawks Buddy photo contest.

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...from the MOON? Yeah I'm going to have to see that picture. MORE


Seattle's adorable little quarterback has been adopted by Seahawks fans everywhere, it seems.

We're talking not only about Russell Wilson, but the Hawks Buddy cutout figure of the Seahawks' rookie published Friday in The Seattle Times and also available online.

We challenged readers to a contest: assemble the Hawks Buddy, an origami-like facsimile of the Seahawks quarterback, and send us a creative photograph. The winner would earn a photo print of the real Russell Wilson by a Times photographer.

We had no idea how popular the contest would be.

More than 700 photos were sent to us. They came from all over the world, including Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland and the Philippines — even the moon. They came from offices, hospitals, labs, dentist offices, construction sites and tech companies.

Hawks Buddy posed with the crew of the Seahawks' charter flight to Atlanta, got face time with Seattle rapper Macklemore, met Yoda, went face mask-to-beak with team mascot Blitz, stood on a podium at coach Pete Carroll's news conference and sat on Richard Sherman's hand.

Picking a winner wasn't easy.

But the winner towered over the rest of the entries. A giant Hawks Buddy, taller even than the 5 feet 10-5/8 Wilson, dwarfed the office staff that made him. Lindsey Cruz, an administrative assistant at Advanced Technology Construction, a general contractor in Renton, started working Friday morning on the mini-Russell when co-worker Jeff Landstrom had a grand idea.

Go big. Really big.

They surprised company CFO Chris Peyton, a Naval reservist scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan in March. He arrived at his desk Sunday night to find Wilson — actually a 6-foot tall replica — on his chair.

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