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Rhattigan was signed by the Seahawks in 2021 as an undrafted free agent, and is the first West Point graduate to play for the Seahawks. He said he appreciates being recognized for this award.
"It means a lot to be nominated for the Salute to Service award through this organization. Being in this community with Joint Base Lewis-McChord so close," Rhattigan said. "I have a lot of friends that I played with that are down in Tacoma serving and all over the world and certainly all over the country serving and it means a lot for me to be able to give back and represent as best I can."
Following graduation, Rhattigan received special approval from the Army to defer his service while he joined the NFL.
On how Rhattigan's military experience has helped him in football Pete Carroll said, "What I would tell you about Jon (Rhattigan) is that I don't recognize any traits in the way he plays or operates that demonstrates he's anything other than an all-in ballplayer. His commitment and his consistency is what you love to see in the service. I'm sure he was a great asset there as well. He's everything you could hope for and I think that's what we would love to see and believe that our servicemen are too. He represents beautifully. He's exactly what you like to see."
This past Seahawks Training Camp, Rhattigan personally met with more than 150 active-duty service members who attended the team's special "Military Day" practice.
This November, as part of the team's Salute to Service campaign, Rhattigan will visit Joint Base Lewis McChord to spend time with the First Special Forces Unit to learn about their training and leadership. In November, Rhattigan will be supporting the military once again through the NFL's My Cause My Cleats campaign, where his cleats will support Mission 22, a non-profit focusing on mental health and wellness support for veterans.
USAA's "Change of Command" event is to celebrate a different military service each year: rotating through the 5 branches -- Army, Airforce, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines. This is the Seahawks' 11th year participating in the event.