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Rod Mar | Greta, Marilyn and Andy Niehaus atop the Space Needle this Blue Friday morn…

Dave Niehau’s wife Marilyn, son Andy and daughter Greta raised the 12th man flag a top the Space Needle on this Blue Friday morning…

Marilyn Niehaus says her husband Dave was a huge Seahawks fan who never missed a game. And, yes, the Mariners’ Hall of Fame broadcaster would have been beaming with pride on Friday, knowing his wife was atop the Space Needle raising the 12th Man flag in anticipation of Sunday’s NFL playoff game against the Chicago Bears.

“I feel like I’m still flying high,” Marilyn said several hours after coming down from the top of Seattle’s most famous landmark. “That was an incredible experience. I will never look at the Space Needle the same way again.” The Seahawks approached the Niehaus family earlier this week about raising the flag. And despite the expected trepidation of standing astride the 605-foot-high structure on a wet and windy Northwest morning, this one wasn’t a subject for family debate.

“I didn’t hesitate,” Marilyn said. “They did ask if I have a fear of heights, which I do a little bit. But I didn’t want to tell them.” So that was that. Marilyn and two of her children, Greta Niehaus Dunn and Andy Niehaus, found themselves climbing two steep flights of stairs and then about a 20-foot ladder to the top of the Needle, where they then raised the flag.