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December 15, 2008 4:44 PM

Saying goodbye to Mike

Posted by Jose Romero

It was a Victory Monday here at team headquarters - players got today and tomorrow off in appreciation for their win Sunday at St. Louis.

Holmgren said he'd like to walk around the field and thank the fans at the end of Sunday's game, one that should be emotionally charged as Holmgren's last as Seahawks head coach after 10 seasons.

He and his family are also appealing to the generosity of Seahawks fans on Sunday. The Seahawks, the Holmgren family and Medical Teams International, one of the Holmgrens' favorite charities, are teaming up to raise money to help deliver care and medicines to those suffering in the Republic of Congo, a war-torn African nation.

Volunteers, including Holmgren's wife Kathy and their daughters Calla, Jenny, Emily and Gretchen, will be at Qwest Field to help with the collection effort.

Kathy Holmgren visited the Congo in 2006 and saw firsthand what was going on there. Thousands, including children, are reportedly every month dying as a result of the violence.

"Sadly there has been very little coverage of the devastation taking place," she said in a statement from the Seahawks. "We must do everything we can to aid these people whose lives have been destroyed by this conflict."

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