(Update: We just received an e-mail from Casey Bridge, the student mentioned below. She sent along a picture of her, Tillman, and the math question. This is now officially awesome.)
My name is Casey, and I am the lucky girl who got her homework signed by Peanut Tillman. I wanted to just give you some more information on the matter. I was indeed at a running store that my father manages (Universal Sole) but it is not suburban, it's in Lakeview. They were having a fun run, and I was doing homework that my accelerated math teacher had assigned. I was an 8th grader at a CPS school at the time. I saw the assignment, and realized it could not have been more perfect.
All I asked for was a signature, just to poke fun at my teacher, but Peanut was so gracious and funny that he wrote the entire paragraph. I then showed Mr. Amrein, and he thought it was very funny, and gave me an A (but I also got the original question correct). He then gave me no homework for the rest of the week, and said that he only gave the problem "based on statistics". He is a fantastic teacher, and makes math more fun with things like this. He is not at all rude, or biased, but just an exceptional math teacher. Thank-you for posting this.
Chicago Bears cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman was recently supporting his Cornerstone Foundation at a sporting goods store in the suburban Chicago area, when he received an autograph request from the daughter of the store's owner. The teenage girl was doing her math homework during the appearance, and she showed Tillman one of the problems given to her by her teacher, John Amrein of Round Lake Middle School:
The Packers play the Bears 4 times in two seasons. The Packers, being a much better team, have an 80% chance of winning each game. What is the probability that the Bears win all four games? What is the probability that the Bears win at least one game?
Tillman gave the autograph to the girl, but he also gave a bit of aggro to the teacher in question -- fair enough, we suppose, since the school is just a bit north of Chicago.
This is Charles "Peanut" Tillman of the Chicago Bears and I'm shocked that you would have a problem like this for your students. The probability that the Bears would win in my opinion is 100%. Please do not and I repeat DO NOT send them home with math homework that is disrespectful to our team, city and our beloved Chicago Bears.
Your All Pro Corner
Charles "Peanut" Tillman
P.S. Bear Down
While we understand Tillman's dismay at the fact that an Illinois teacher would create anti-Bears math problems, Mr. Amrein does have a point. The Packers have the edge in the last 10 games between the longtime rivals, winning seven of those games, including the last four in a row.
Last time the Bears had the advantage in this one was a 5-1 stretch that went from 2005 through 2007 -- the last few years of Brett Favre's time with the Pack. Since 2008, when Aaron Rodgers took over, the Bears have proven to be eminently beatable when playing their Wisconsin "buddies."
So, Mr. Tillman, we advise that you take this one to the field -- "Bear Down," indeed. The chances of a Bears victory over the Packers are far from 100 percent, but perhaps you can be the first NFL player to use math homework as an inspirational device.
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