Quick 5 with Pattie Cabrido, Key Contributor

Key Contributor – Rule Changes

Come chat Seahawks with me @pkc808

NF: Where did you learn about football – When? and from Who?

PC: This is actually a big mystery!  My parents split up when I was 8, and I grew up with my mom, who hated sports in general.  Before my parents split, my dad and I used to watch basketball all the time, but never really watched football.  Somehow, when I was in middle school, I decided I LOVED football, and that I was going to be a Cowboys fan.  (Growing up in Hawaii without a team, and without cable, I was limited to watching games that were broadcasted on network TV, which was usually the Niners and Cowboys.  Growing up in the Troy Aikman and Joe Montana days, I decided I hated the Niners and was going to pledge my allegiance to the Cowboys.)

I got so into football, that my mom wouldn’t let me watch games in the house.  She put an old school B&W tv in the garage, and that was the only place I was allowed to watch football – which is where I spent a good chunk of every Sunday.  In the fall of 2000, I moved to Seattle for college, and within a few weeks, I went to my first NFL game – the Seattle Seahawks vs the Indianapolis Colts (with Peyton Manning under center!).

The Hawks got their butt’s kicked, but they stole my heart.  From that day (October 15, 2000) on, I have been a die-hard Seahawks fan.  Over the years, I just picked up the sport – asking questions when I could, and googling things – once google was invented and popularized.  🙂

NF: Priorities of Life – What are your top 3?

PC: People are definitely my first priority – whether its my friends, or family, or my employees, that’s where my focus is.  Number two is just to be happy – which includes my job, giving back to community, and reaching all of my goals.  Number three is probably football.  As dumb as it sounds, football has been a life saver for me.  I went through a nasty divorce several years back, and football actually helped me bond with people who are some of my closest friends today.  Also, I moved from Seattle to St Louis a few years back, and almost all of my friends in St Louis are people I met through the Midwest Seahawkers Booster Club.

NF: If you had any job in the world – what would it be, and why?

PC: I would love to run a foundation that works to partner successful business people/doctors/lawyers, etc who have come up from modest beginnings, with athletes and celebrities, to go into schools and talk to kids and help encourage them.  I think that athletes and celebrities have the ability to get kids attention, and a few words of encouragement from them could go a long way.  But, that being said, realistically not many people are going to grow up to be professional athletes or celebrities.  That’s where the “normal people” come in, who have worked their way up from modest means to success – so that kids see that they can make something out of themselves.

NF: How has your association with NFLFemale been a positive influence in your world?

PC: I love writing.  I’ve always loved writing.  And I love football.  NFLFemale has given me an outlet to do one of my favorite things, about one of my favorite things.  It’s also introduced me to some amazing women who regularly inspire me with their knowledge, desire, and talent.  I love being a part of an organization that kind of defies the odds.  When people think of sports reporting, especially for football, they typically think of men. But, football is not just for men anymore!

NF: If you want to know the real side of sports legends, listen to their kids and grandkids. What do you hope others say about you?

PC: I hope that others say (and will continue to say) that I’m someone who cares about others. I hope they see me as a hard worker, who is driven to inspire those around me.

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