There are many interesting people in my life. I know literally hundreds of people that I could have interviewed back home in Freeport, Illinois for this assignment. Instead, I chose one of the many people I met here at Western Illinois University.
Campbell Atkins is a junior sports broadcasting major and journalism minor here at Western. He hails from Glenn Elynn, Illinois, which is about four and a half hours away from Macomb. It is a western suburb of Chicago, and home to many fans of the National Football League’s Chicago Bears. I myself am from northwest Illinois, which is split almost in half between Green Bay Packers fans (which I am) and Chicago fans. Campbell is the biggest fanatic of the Bears that I’ve ever met. He has been to countless games along the Lake Michigan shoreline in downtown Chicago at Soldier Field. He watches every single minute of every single Bears game every single season. To say he is a diehard fan doesn’t do the term justice. Just take a look at all of the apparel and memorabilia he has!
And that’s only about a quarter of his total Bears stuff. The other seventy-five percent of Chicago gear and other things are at his home in Glen Ellyn.
That means when you walk into Campbell’s room in his townhouse here at Western Illinois, it won’t take you long to figure out where his rooting interests are when it comes to the National Football League. I would venture as far to say that navy blue and orange comprise about thirty percent of the total colors in his room. It is a shrine to the Chicago Bears. Legendary coaches like Mike Ditka and George Halas would definitely approve of his room. Famous former players like Mike Singletary, William “The Fridge” Perry, Jim McMahon, Devin Hester, Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman, and Matt Forte would no doubt sit and talk for hours with Campbell about the Bears.
Like I said before, I am a Green Bay Packers fan. They are chief rivals of the Chicago Bears. So when the NFL season starts up in September, Campbell and I disagree on a lot of things in the game. Then there are the two days in the year where we really don’t get along much at all. Those are when my Packers take on his Bears. The rivalry is intense, and na good majority of the trash-talking is not rated PG. However when the game finishes and tensions calm down, we become friends again.
As much trash-talk that I sling Campbell’s way, I have to give him credit. He is one of the biggest football fans I have ever met. He is far and away the biggest Chicago Bears fans I’ve met. I absolutely respect his loyalty to his team. They could lose every single game in a season, and Campbell would still be on the edge of his seat cheering them on. Then again, nobody will yell and cheer louder when the Bears do win another Super Bowl than Campbell Atkins.