Jim Messina

Occupation: Professional Photographer - specialize in sports, tourism and wildlife. Also write and teach. Personal: "Region Rat", "Catholic School Kid", "Educated Smart ****", Italian-American. History: Grew up in Chicago area rooting for Chicago teams. Got tired of Chicago owners screwing loyal fans. Favorite NFL Teams: Packers, Steelers, Pats. Favorite figures in sports: Zanardi, Unitas, Butkus, Lombardi, Veeck, Rooney, Orr, Tillman, Fischer, Newman. Philosophy on players and coaches - "Old School", admire over-achievers and class acts! Philosophy on team owners - "Business School", "sports consumer" not a "fan". Loyalty must be earned. Pet Peeves: Owners who exploit their fans and players. Players who "jake". "Bush-league" fans. NFL's failure to help disabled, retired players. Goals: Keep it factual and objective. Make you smile. Make you think. Inform. Don't get personal.

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