Sue Bird was in the storm like the drizzle is in Seattle. The legendary playmaker is synonymous with Seattle sports and after 21 years and four championships, she is ending her career as possibly the greatest athlete the city has ever had.
Fans have grown up with Sue. They laughed with Sue, clapped with Sue and even cried with Sue – as we all witnessed her tearful goodbye after the Storm were ousted by the Aces in the semi-finals.
The emotions have calmed down – slightly – but the memories will last forever. We asked what Sue means to you. Here is a selection of the responses we got.
(To submit your own memory of Sue Bird, find the form at the bottom of this page).
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“Bringing 4 championships to the Storm and the city of Seattle is great. But, along with Sue, she’s been a phenomenal leader, advocate for others, changemaker and one of the nice people you’ll meet. I feel lucky to have seen her play so many matches.
“I watched every game Sue played for the Storm, but Game 5 of the 2018 semi-final playoffs against Phoenix was the best. Bird made 5 of 6 shots in the final 6 minutes as Seattle overcame an 11 point deficit in the first half to qualify for the final and win our third 3rd championship!
“She was the epitome of team basketball, which is why I watch the WNBA. Stars like Diana, Lauren, Lisa, Candice, Maya, Sylvia, etc. can get MVP, but every year Sue has been my MVP.
“Over 2 decades ago, my 9 year old son and I cheered on Sue Bird in the twilight of her college career. Full loop, this little boy, Seth Dahle, is the graphic designer who brought Climate Pledge to life with the graphics dynamics of Sue’s storied career. I cried twice on Sunday.
“As a huge Sue Bird fan living in Singapore, a long way from America, being able to watch her matches live in the Climate Pledge Arena at the start of this season was an experience I will never forget. And I had the opportunity to meet her before one of the matches. Surreal experience!”
“Congratulations Sue Bird! You established the Seattle Storm as a premier team in the WNBA and helped legitimize women’s professional basketball.
“She was a Seattle icon like Lauren Jackson and yes sad that they have to say goodbye but we can say thank you and Mahalo for letting us enjoy the sport of Seattle Storm basketball!! WE have been in Seattle for 1984 from Hawaii due to Navy orders in Bangor Washington.
-Joseph Kaeo Ho
“Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson were an incredible duo. Right place at the right time for Seattle Sports fans. Thank you for sticking with our great city for your entire career.
“Hearing how she spent the summer with Stewie and Loyd so they could gel as a team. Who else would do that? What about the back pass to Howie in July 2018? What a career.
“I’m UCONN Class ’93. The UCONN teams from the early 2000s with Bird, Cash, Williams and Jones are my absolute favorites. I moved to Seattle in 1998 and saw Sue play against UW in Seattle in 2000. I was ecstatic when the Storm drafted Sue Bird! “
“I moved to Seattle in 2004 and watched the 2004 championship game in the rafters of KeyArena – it was my first memorable game. I remember so many games that lit up: 1. She made a key pointer 3 often in the final minutes of the 4th 2. Steal 3. Assist.
“Some of the happiest days of my life were acclaimed Seattle Storm! Usually acclaimed Bigs, LJ’s, Stewie’s, Ezi, etc. Sue with dedication, values, leadership, work ethic, etc. I bought Sue’s rebel jersey, I felt good!
“Women are just as talented and fun to watch as men’s sports! She is so classy and a great representative for the Storm and the WNBA. I love watching her play, but also how she leads others on the pitch! She is so humble about her accomplishments and such an example to girls!
“His work ethic speaks volumes. I hope all the fans know how hard it is to take care of business behind the scenes. To eat the right nutrients for your body. To sleep. Film study and training with weights or body weight. Let’s not forget the mental side of it all either.
“I’ve been watching basketball games for 70 years. Sue’s 4Q takeover of Game 5 against Phoenix in 2018 was the best individual performance I’ve ever seen in person. She simply refused to lose.
“I moved to Seattle in 2004. Having lost our pro women’s team, the Miami Sol, I was thrilled to be able to get season tickets to the Seattle Storm. Sue Bird and her team have become my passion! Watching all 4 championships with Sue Bird leading the players was the BEST!
-ST Katz Monet