|Born:||May 4, 1998|
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||300 lb (136 kg)|
|High school:||Valley (NM)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
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Teton Saltes (born May 4, 1998) is an American football offensive tackle who is a free agent. He played college football at the University of New Mexico, where he was the 2020 recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy, given to the player who "best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement".
Saltes focused more on playing basketball, and as a result, did not play football until his junior year of high school. Once he started playing, he received offers from schools such as San Diego State, Texas Tech, and Iowa State. Ultimately, he committed to playing college football at New Mexico in 2016.
After redshirting his true freshman season, Saltes switched from the defensive line to offensive line and worked his way to the starting right tackle job. He was named to the All-Mountain West team as an honorable mention in 2019 as a redshirt junior, and to the All-Mountain West third team by Pro Football Focus.
In his redshirt senior season, Saltes was recognized for his community service work, being named the recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy, as well as the team captain of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
After not being drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft, Saltes signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent. He was waived/injured on August 9, 2021 and placed on injured reserve. He was released on October 25.
Saltes lived on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota before leaving the reservation as his mother got into medical school, eventually settling in New Mexico. He still returns to Pine Ridge every summer to mentor children on the reservation, as well as bring awareness to suicides among Native Americans in the United States.