Thom Fermstad to be Inducted into the Sports Film & Video Hall of Fame
The Collegiate Sports Video Association (CSVA) will induct Thom Fermstad, former Video Director for the Seahawks, into the Sports Film and Video Hall of Fame in recognition for his dedication and accomplishments in the sports video profession. Through his innovation, desire, and commitment, Fermstad has helped pave the way for the future of the sports video profession.
Fermstad is only the sixth NFL inductee into the Sports Film and Video Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place at CSVA’s awards banquet on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Three owners. Three practice facilities. Three home fields. Eight head coaches. Roughly 775 players. Seven division titles. One conference championship. Nineteen playoff games. One trip to the Super Bowl.
Connect the dots between these numbers and it creates a picture of the Seahawks’ first 36 seasons, and Thom Fermstad has seen it all – through the lens of his cameras. He also witnessed the technological advancements that revolutionized what he did on a daily basis.
When he arrived in Seattle in 1976, as film director, Fermstad was a one-man band. He had earlier met writer-director Gary Lindberg while in the Army, and both were discharged at roughly the same time. Fermstad then went to work for the industrial filmmaker where he learned filming and editing. That led to him working for a film lab in Minneapolis where he processed the Vikings’ film, which then led to him working part time for the team for three seasons (1973-75) before moving on to Seattle and joining the Seahawks in their inaugural 1976 season.
He’s been on a tower at midfield for practices at two locations in Kirkland, training camp practices at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, as well as inside and outside at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
On game days, he’s been at the 50-yard line – at the Kingdome, Husky Stadium and Seahawks Stadium/Qwest Field/CenturyLink Field for home games; and every stadium in the league, past and present, for road games.
On NFL Draft Day, the camera was on Fermstad for 13 years because he was the team representative in New York City who turned in the cards containing the Seahawks’ draft choices.
Fermstad never missed a game and only missed a handful of practices in his career.
He and his wife, Connie, reside in Seattle and are the proud parents of three sons: Adam, Jordan and Quin.