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Mr. Considine, I realize you are a specialist on Football (Redskins, especially).  You were such a TREMENDOUS HELP to me on April 22 in getting help for my 14 year old grandson, who lost all of his keepsakes in a tragic house fire. The Redskins were most kind and generous.
I've been trying to find ANYONE who might help me contact race driver, Jimmie Johnson, for assistance.  No luck, so far.  I've sent photos of the fire, letters, etc., to Hendricks Motorsports, and to Lowe's, the sponsor. No acknowledgment, at all.
Do you know of anyone I might contact who has access to Jimmie Johnson, or a charity of his choosing, that might respond?

Thank you sincerely,  Vivian Mobley  (Charleston, SC)

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Vivian,
I think I have an idea for you to pursue.  It's a little convaluded, but here goes ...

1.  I am a total zero when it comes to NASCAR.
2.  However, I worked under the Director of Public Relations as a statistician for the Redskins who may be of assistance.  His name is Chris Helein.
3.  As is the case with most people who work as the P.R. Director for Daniel Snyder, they usually found themselves unemployed on the first Monday of January following the end of the Redskins season.  Chris was amongst the many who found themselves in this predicament.
4.  However, Chris was able to hook up with the fellow who was resigning as the head coach of the Redskins; Joe Gibbs.  Joe hired Chris to be the PR Director for Joe Gibbs Racing.  
5.  I just checked and he still holds this position.
6.  Chris Helein is one of the classiest people I ever met in the NFL.  Hence, his working for Joe Gibbs, who is a saint amongst men, is a perfect match.
7.  One of the reasons that Joe Gibbs left the Redskins, was to spend more time with his grandson Scott, who had leukemia. For more information on this see ...
    http://scottfowlerobs.blogspot.com/2010/05/taylor-gibbs-finish-line.html
8.  I think if you write Chris, and explain to him your situation, I believe that he will be happy to hook you up with Jimmy Johnson.  You might even get some keepsakes from the Joe Gibbs Racing Team.
9.  Feel free to tell Chris that "Jim Considine", a statistician for the Redskins (I doubt he will remember who I am) suggested that you contact him regarding your grandson.

His address is:

Chris Helein

Joe Gibbs Racing
13415 Reese Blvd
Huntersville, NC 28036


I am really happy to hear that the Redskins came through.

Best wishes,
Jim Considine

PS ... I have a picture that Chris took of the the stats crew in 2005 or 2006.  I'll send it along and you can forward it to Chris with my best wishes.  By the way, Chris might be the only NFL PR Director who would have the heart to take a picture before a football game.

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I can answer statistical questions about professional football played in the United States. I am especially strong on the subject of the Baltimore Colts from 1947 through 1983, Washington Redskins, and the Baltimore Ravens. My services are best used when an older, obscure question is posed. The newer NFL records are easily accessible through www.NFL.com I do not appraise memorabilia. I am not an expert on Canadian Football, though I will take a shot at any questions you might pose. The subject of my expertise pertains to "American Football", as opposed to "Futball" or the game we refer to in the USA as soccer. --------------------------------------------------------- I have a good understanding and recall of the folklore about Baltimore football. Some of this information may be subjective in nature. I will give the best answer possible if this is the case.

Experience

I am an NFL Statistician with the Washington Redskins. I grew up during the days of the Baltimore Colts in the 1960's. (Please refer to the movie "Diner" for more information about the Baltimore Colts fans)

Organizations
Washington Redskins Statistician, 2005-2010 Baltimore Ravens, 1996-2003

Publications
The records were used by author Jon Morgan in his book, "Glory For Sale". The records have been part of the Baltimore Ravens Media Guides since their inaugural season in 1996. I was interviewed for the cover story of The Press Box, a local, monthly sports tabloid newspaper. http://www.pressboxonline.com/story.cfm?id=5594

Education/Credentials
I researched and was able to piece together the statistical history of the AAFC Baltimore Colts 1947-49, and the 1950 NFL Colts. This information was used by The Baltimore Ravens for their 1996 Media Guide. The records were entitled "Baltimore Football Records". It was considered "unofficial" since the AAFC league records were not incorporated with the NFL records when the leagues merged. The reason that this information was created was due to the fact that the NFL had prohibited the 1996 Baltimore Ravens from bringing the records, colors, and team name from the Cleveland Browns. The Baltimore football records were presented in order to create a frame of reference. The Ravens have kept these records since 1996, adding and amending as the Ravens football team challenge these records.

Awards and Honors
I was awarded two game balls from the Ravens and was recognized for my work as the top game day employee.

Past/Present Clients
Baltimore Ravens, Wise Guides, Washington Redskins

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