Larger Than Life Personality: Remembering Mitch Petrus — Austin Kellerman

I’ve never reblogged before. Only heard of it.

But heat stroke is deadly, and a serious threat this weekend.

A few days ago, it killed former NFL player Mitch Petrus. He was just 32 years old. If he’s not immune, then who is?

This post is from his former boss when he went into TV back in Arkansas after playing for the New York Giants and winning a Super Bowl championship with them.

It really gives you a feel for Petrus, and the loss. (You’ll have to click here to read about him.)

So be careful out there, if you really have to be out there.

(Click here for other hot weather tips, along with current Philadelphia conditions including air quality.)

About the author

The journalism “business” has changed — from standards to platforms to layoffs — along with the American public, and I’ve managed to survive somewhat on my own terms.

I started in 1994, becoming an award-winning and respected TV newscast producer.

Even better was creatively producing websites and social media, and serving as a station's digital media manager — writing news, creating graphics and getting evidence of growing my audience here in the nation's fourth largest market, Philadelphia.

I also taught first grade for eight years. My principal saw my class website and made me electronic gradebook manager to assist co-workers when we stopped using paper gradebooks.

In 2018, I took courses and earned the Google IT Support Professional Certificate.

In 2019, I was a freelance newspaper reporter, but enjoyed copy editing and reviving the publication’s social media even more.

That got me striking out on my own with a local news website to join the blog I created, designed and write.

Ask me about all the details.

I did drive Uber to make ends meet until I started as a customer service representative at one of the world’s largest web-hosting companies, with more than 8 million customer contracts and hosting more than 12 million domains.

With classroom and newsroom experience, I know how to prioritize, analyze and take the best course of action. Getting results means attention to detail, following through and following up.

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