The NFL #FanOfTheYear contest celebrates exceptional fandom and commitment to community through the game of football. The NFL is proud to announce the 32 #FanOfTheYear nominees whose love for football goes beyond the game. These fans spice up the game through their elite fandom and also serve as a positive and inspirational influence within their communities.
Visit nfl.com/fanoftheyear today to discover the stories of these extraordinary fans and vote for the nominee you think should be crowned the ultimate fan of the year!
Troy "Tailgate Troy" Landrum, a U.S. Navy veteran, became a fan of the Cardinals in 1988 when the team moved to Arizona. The team utilized the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel as the base hotel before all home games. It was here, when Troy, the weekend, evening security officer, would receive complimentary tickets to the games from Cardinals front office staff.
Troy is an active member of the Professional Football's Ultimate Fan Association and Tailgating Hall of Fame. He carry's himself 24/7 as an NFL ambassador wherever he goes and that means he's not just a fan, but dedicates himself to community service. Community Service is a value instilled in Troy by his parents, whom both have served the community for many years as Board members for various organizations.
2022 - Susan Haluzan
Susan Haluzan, who emigrated from Canada to the United States two decades ago but who always had a fascination for football, turned her longtime love of the Arizona Cardinals into a deserving turn as the 2022 Cardinals Fan of the Year.
Haluzan, a single mother of two, works in the medical field in consulting and sales and became an American citizen in 2016. Her love of the Cardinals can be tangibly seen not only when she is in her seats in Section 231 but at any Cardinals-related event -- training camp, draft parties, tailgates, and road games, including on the international level.
She is active on social media, especially about her Cardinals exploits. Outside of football, she loves to get involved and over the years has volunteered for multiple charitable events across the Valley. Haluzan also likes to travel, hike and run marathons – including the Boston Marathon.
2021 - Robert Freedman
Born 11 weeks early, Rob weighed 1 pound 10 ounces. If he lived, he wasn't supposed to walk or talk. With determination and never feeling different Rob began on life's venture. He is currently an instructional assistant at a local high school where he is known as the biggest Cardinals fan on campus. season & a fan since 1993.
Rob has been a season ticket member since 2007 and is the creator of the 'AZ BirdGang Nation' Facebook group which has over 13,500 members and counting! Every season Rob treats every Cardinals Game Day as a holiday. He brings a lot of passion to the Cardinals fan base.
2020 - Tim Tekulve
Tim has been to every home game, multiple away regular season games, and numerous playoff games for the Cardinals including the Super Bowl in Tampa along with his son, brother and father representing three generations of season ticket holders at the big game. Family, friends and co-workers often refer to Tim as the biggest Arizona Cardinal fan in the world. Tim can always be found in a good mood, and when the Cardinals win, it becomes a FANtastic mood.
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