Nathan Apodaca of TikTok fame is a Washington Soccer fan
“It pisses me off because my cord isn’t plugged in yet,” said Apodaca, who moved out of the RV he lived in outside his brother’s house three weeks ago and into his new home in Idaho Falls with no running water. “I tried calling the cable company before the game [Sunday]. It’s getting ridiculous now, but we’re doing our best. I sat around on my phone trying to find highlights. I saw Chase Young’s touchdown, his first, and I said, “Wow, that’s crazy. It was wonderful.'”
The same goes for Apodaca’s rise to fame since his car battery died on September 25th. That day he drove his longboard to his work at the Circle Valley Produce potato factory and captured 22 seconds of the trip on TikTok, where he drives past the handle @ 420doggface208.
Apodaca’s video of himself cruising on the freeway while dubbing Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 hit “Dreams” and chugging cran raspberry juice from a jug of Ocean Spray went viral. Mick Fleetwood recreated it among countless others. Since then, the clip has had more than 73 million views, making it the second most popular video on the platform this year.
Then the presents rolled in. Ocean Spray gave Apodaca, who now has more than 6 million TikTok followers and its own line of merchandise, a cranberry red pickup truck that was filled with its favorite juice. Fans sent him donations totaling more than $ 15,000. Apodaca acquired an agent and started advertising and meet-and-greets.
“The best part was being able to bless my mother and father,” said Apodaca, who recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus and has rested at home. “That’s what I love most about this whole thing, this whole trip. Meeting Snoop Dogg was amazing too. “
In October, the NFL sent Apodaca a No. 82 Washington Football Team jersey. Charming as it would be to rock Logan Thomas’s jersey in Washington, Apodacas No. 82, which he wore in several dance videos over the past two months is a customer-specific job with “DOGGFACE” on the nameplate and the number representing the year of his birth.
Apodaca was born and raised in Idaho Falls. He credited his uncle Willy, who has always been a fan of Washington, for introducing him to the team as a child.
“I’ve been excited ever since,” said Apodaca, whose most vivid memories of Washington football are the team over the years playing the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and beating the Bills in Super Bowl XXVI. “I followed everything back then. As I got older it kind of fell off, but I remain a fan. Mark Rypien was my favorite quarterback and I’ve seen him play all the time. “
Last year, Apodaca had a pair of feathers tattooed on the back of his head to represent his mother’s legacy in Northern Arapaho. His brother drew the design, which looks very similar to the feathers on the former Washington Football Team logo. Apodaca said he disagreed with the team’s decision to withdraw his name and logo earlier this year due to sponsor pressure and decades of controversy.
“That’s my personal opinion,” said Apodaca. “A lot of people may hate me for that, but I think Washington Redskins is something they shouldn’t have done. There are many indigenous people who do not consider it disrespectful. I wish they would just change it again. “
Between commercials and celebrity meetings in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and the whole lack of cable, Apodaca said he couldn’t watch much football this year. When the pandemic is over, he looks forward to his first NFL game.
“I’ll buy us a couple of tickets as soon as I can,” said Apodaca. “I’ll probably take my uncle and cousin with me.”
In the meantime, he’ll be tracking Washington’s playoff push remotely, capturing highlights on his phone when he’s not creating new content for his fans.
“They have four wins in a row,” said Apodaca. “Let it go. Keep the momentum going. Hopefully they’ll make it this year. I’m not as up-to-date as I should be, but I’m a die-hard fan for life. That won’t change.”