If you watch the Seahawks game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, you might spot a player with bright pink hair sticking out of the back of his helmet.
Outside linebacker Darrell Taylor recently dyed his hair pink in honor of his late mother Peggy Tyler, who lost her battle with breast cancer when Taylor was in high school in 2014.
"She taught me everything I know," Taylor said. "I was 16 and she lost her fight to breast cancer."
This isn't the first time Taylor has made a tribute to his mother. He wears the No. 52 because his mother wore the No. 25 as a star basketball player at Hopewell Virginia High School. But the pink hair is something that Taylor has been thinking about doing for some time now.
"I was excited to do it, but I was also scared at the same time because I've never dyed my hair. [Dyeing my hair] is the kind of impact that she had on me."
Taylor said that he wanted to do something different this year to honor her during October and thought pink hair would be the perfect way.
Losing his mother as young as he did was tough, but Taylor said that for anyone going through something similar, it's important to just be there for that person.
"Be patient, be there for whoever is in that position going through it," he said. "Those treatments, chemo treatments, they're very brutal."
Although cancer is not preventable, it can be found early and made easier to treat. Being screened is a way to detect cancer early.
"When I was going through the process with my mother, she didn't know until she started to feel weird and things started hurting," Taylor said. "I think it's definitely important to get screened and important to take care of your body to know what's going on with it and have that sense of security that you're doing well."
Taylor knows that his mother would be happy with the kind of person he is.
"I think she would be most proud of me for being a great father, and just being able to get up every day, and being able to be who I am," Taylor said. "Being able to share this time and talk about it now is actually pretty cool because I don't really talk about it too much."
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