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Hero Fan Of The Week: Karen Fassett

Karen Fassett is a snowbird.  She usually heads to Florida in January, after the holidays. But this year, Herofanofweekbucsvsteelers_mediumshe came down early.

Richard Scofield has been a Buccaneers season ticket holder for a decade or more. But recent medical issues have put him in a wheelchair.  He needs help getting around and taking care of those things we all have to take care of.

So Karen came down from Irwin, Pennsylvania early this year to help Richard get around.  Irwin is about fifteen miles east of Pittsburgh, and many Irwinnians (?) are Steelers fans, as is Karen.

It just so happens that the Bucs had those Pittsburgh Steelers on the home schedule, and so Fassett was more than happy to help Richard get to the game on Sunday.

And she wore her feelings on her terrible towel yellow t-shirt, proudly proclaiming "I'M A FAN" of those despicable Pittsburgh Steelers.

Richard, meanwhile, had the good sense to be decked out in Buccaneers white and red, with Cadillac's jersey number 24 on his shoulders.

Still, for coming all the way from Irwin to do what she can to help out, Karen Fassett is the SB Nation Tampa Bay Hero Fan of the Week.

We're always looking for Tampa Bay's most outrageous, outspoken, excitable, enthusiastic fans.  If you see anyone who fits the description, snap a photo, tell us what makes them such a great fan of our local teams, and send it to us at

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.