In 2020, the NFL launched its Fan of the Year program, with the mission being to recognize the passion and constant support from fans across the country. Each of the league's 32 teams ultimately honored one superfan who had a special affinity for their team, inspired others through their fandom, and showcased the power of football to unite families and communities. For the Seahawks, it was Patti ‘Mama Blue’ Hammond, a devoted Seahawks fan since the team's inception in 1976.
This year, the Seahawks have selected Teaka Salgado as Fan of the Year for 2021.
A native of Snohomish, Wash., Salgado grew up with the Seahawks always being a big part of her life. "My entire family absolutely loves the Seahawks, watching games every Sunday with delicious food," she said. "My mom always made it a point to either stay home on Sundays, or be home by kickoff, and it is no different in my household. I couldn't imagine ever loving or cheering for any other team."
For the past year, Salgado has worked as a certified nursing assistant in COVID-19 units at nursing homes and hospitals in California. She got her certification in just 22 days, and did clinicals at a nursing home that was hit hardest by COVID-19 in the area. "I was one of the students eager to volunteer for the COVID unit," Salgado said. "Was I afraid? Absolutely, but these patients needed us regardless.
"Getting my CNA during COVID was challenging — weekly swabs, all the protective equipment, and thankfully being vaccinated right before graduation. But I wouldn't change a thing."
Salgado also volunteers as a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 mental health support line that people can access via text. "Volunteering for this incredible organization has changed my life and further instilled my passion for caring for others," Salgado said. "Every time I sign onto the platform, not knowing what will come my way, I am reminded of my why."
Salgado says that her favorite Seahawks are Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson, Chris Carson, Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and Bobby Wagner. "Being selected as Fan of the Year is such a shock and honor," Salgado said. "I really didn't think I'd be the one chosen, but I'm beyond grateful and excited. It feels amazing!"
As the Seattle Seahawks celebrates our Crucial Catch game, the Seahawks Dancers are also helping to raise awareness of screenable cancers the NFL recognizes. Seven dancers dressed out for a photoshoot to show their technical and artistic abilities to shed beauty and light to honor all of the crucial catches the 12s have made.