Seattle Storm retire Sue Bird’s jersey

Where will our local legend go next?


Bird’s speech went on for more than an hour — but she had 21 years of her career to cover.

Photo via Climate Pledge Arena

Well, it finally happened. Our pile of tissues has officially turned into a mountain and Sue Bird’s Seattle Storm jersey has been retired.

The ceremony honoring Bird’s monumental 21-season WNBA career and her achievements as the franchise’s greatest point guard took place after Sunday’s game against the Washington Mystics.

The entire celebration lasted almost three hours and included some exceptionally heartfelt words from Bird’s fiancée and OL Reign star Megan Rapinoe, Macklemore, former teammates Lauren Jackson and Swin Cash, Storm co-owners Lisa Brummel and Ginny Gilder, and the queen herself, of course.

“You guys gave me a home,” said Bird near the end of her own speech. “And there’s no greater gift.”

Sue Bird’s No. 10 banner now hangs from the rafters at Climate Pledge Arena next to Jackson’s No. 15 jersey that was retired in 2016 — both are reminders of what they gave to Seattle and their fans.

Thank you, Sue.

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