My parents instilled within me a love for the game at an early age. They named me after my grandmother’s favorite Twins player, took me to my first football game when I was five weeks old, blasted the Minnesota rouser from ’70s-style speakers and used athletes’ names like “Lombardozzi” when teaching me how to talk. By the time I joined ESPN in 2008, I had a sports fan’s passion and a competitor’s heart. I started my career in Operations where it was my good fortune to work among ESPN’s Monday Night Football family. After three seasons, I moved to the Communications department where I focus on NFL coverage. I am a loyal Twins fan and University of Minnesota alumna.