Frank Beede is the 2010 NFL Teacher of the Year
August 16, 2010
By Bill Boehlke
Congratulations to Seahawks alumni Frank Beede, the winner of the 2010 NFL Teacher of the Year award. A 10th grade history teacher at Freedom High School in Oakley, Calif., Beede made an appearance at Qwest Field prior to the Seahawks-Titans preseason game and did the honors in raising the 12th Man flag.
Beede says many students are surprised to learn he used to play in the NFL. Not that he advertises; he’d prefer to let his current work speak for itself.
”It’s about making a difference. Obviously, I don’t do it for the money,” Beede said. ”You get to make a difference in these kids’ lives. And you see it. You take a lot of pride in making an impact on a kid’s life.”
Last year, the NFL began recognizing former players who are now working professionally as teachers. After receiving an e-mail from the NFL about the award it was Freedom High School principle Eric Faulkner that knew Beede was a perfect choice.
“He was up against quite a few other nominees and it was all reduced down to 10. So he was one of 10 finalists,” said Faulkner.
Even his former Seahawks teammates agreed number 63 deserved to be number one.
“Right now, this is Frank’s day and I want to thank principal Faulkner, first of all, for the nomination to the NFL of nominating Frank Beede, because without his nomination, it never would have been known to the United States how good of a person Frank Beede is,” said Paul Johns, Seahawks Asst. Director of Community Outreach and a fellow Seahawks alumni.
As the NFL Teacher of the Year, Beede will receive a $5,000 award, and a $5,000 grant will be presented to Freedom High School from the NFL.
Frank was a guard for the Seahawks during his five-year NFL career. He also coaches Freedom High’s offensive line in Oakley, near where he was born and raised in Antioch, Calif., in the eastern edge of the Bay Area.