Seahawks “Mama Blue” One of 3 Finalists For NFL’s Fan of the Year
While the playoffs were one-and-done for the most recent incarnation of the Seattle Seahawks, there is still a chance for some postseason accolades for the team, thanks to their fans -- the 12s!
Patti Hammond, better known to many as "Mama Blue", has been named as just one of three finalastist for the first-ever "Fan of the Year" award to be presented by the National Football League.
According to NFL.com, "NFL fans are everything to the sport and the League. For the first time ever, the NFL launched the Fan of the Year contest to shine a light on extraordinary fans who have been a rallying force of their family, friends and/or community and inspire others through their love of football. After nearly 35,000 submissions, we are proud to shine a light on our 32 inaugural Fan of the Year nominees and our three finalists."
Hammond, a season ticket holder since 1976 -- day #1 of the franchise -- celebrated her 90th birthday this weekend. She also has been battling cancer so Hawks Ring of Honor quarterback Jim Zorn, along with a parade of 12s that drove by her home to wish her well, broke the news. She nearly fell over when Zorn made the announcement and presented a special plaque and jersey to her.
The expression of sheer joy on her face will surely put a smile on yours!
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Rock on and Go Hawks! \m/ \m/
Todd E. Lyons, Esquire