From the team's inaugural season in 1976 to their 2022 push for a playoff berth, no one loved and supported the Seahawks quite like Patti "Mama Blue" Hammond.
Today, the Seahawks join Hammond's family, friends and fans around the world in celebrating the life of a truly original and dedicated 12. Hammond passed away Saturday evening at her Shoreline home surrounded by family and friends, her family announced on Facebook.
"Patti's joy and passion for the Seahawks was unmatched," Seahawks president Chuck Arnold wrote on Twitter. "She was the ultimate 12, loud and loyal since day one, and was beloved by everyone in our organization. Sending all our love to her family. She will be truly missed but never forgotten!"
Hammond, a season ticket holder since Seattle's inaugural season in 1976, was a unique and passionate presence in the Kingdome and later at Lumen Field, sporting a blue wig, feather boa and sparkly green and blue glasses, cheering on her beloved team through the lean years and through championship seasons, and in recent years, through her battle with pancreatic cancer.
In 2020, when the NFL launched its Fan of the Year program, Hammond was fittingly chosen as the first Seahawks Fan of the Year. She was then selected as one of the three finalists for the league-wide honor, allowing her to attend Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida with the other two finalists. In 2007, Hammond became the first Seahawks fan to raise the 12 Flag prior to kickoff, and in 1999, she and fans from other NFL teams were inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
"All I've ever done is just put on warpaint and make noise, but it's working," Hammond said on the NFL Network after being named one of three finalists for NFL Fan of the Year. "I love those guys so much."
The Seahawks selected Patti 'Mama Blue' Hammond as the 2020 Fan of the Year, surprising her with a plane flying over her home to announce the news.