Seahawks offensive tackle Garry Gilliam is a big fan of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, which is why he called meeting Tyson at the Seahawks' practice facility on Thursday "surreal."

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RENTON — The Seahawks had an unexpected visitor at practice on Thursday: astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

That was a cool thing for offensive lineman Garry Gilliam, who is a big fan of Tyson’s.

TV shows and talks. Tyson is in town for a talk at the Paramount, and Gilliam said he plans on going.

“It was actually pretty surreal,” Gilliam said. “I’ve loved astronomy since I was younger. I’ve actually kind of studied it as a hobby. I’ve watched a ton of his stuff. He has a show on Netflix called Cosmos, and I’ve watched all of those and a bunch of the things he’s done on YouTube. It was just interesting to hear his perspective, especially on my quest to understand the universe and understand my place in it. I think he has a little thing he’s speaking at tonight.”

Gilliam ate lunch with Tyson and picked his brain about “dark matter, dark energy and neutrinos.” Unfortunately, Gilliam said, Tyson couldn’t help Gilliam find his place in the universe.

You might remember Tyson’s connection with the Seahawks from last season’s loss to the Bengals. Tyson tweeted that the Bengals’ game-winning field goal, which hit the upright and went in, was connected to the Earth’s rotation.