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Scott Wallem is a carpenter by trade and has always been a big sports fan. Every time Scott would walk into a restaurant or sports bar and see how jerseys were framed; he thought there has got to be a better way to do these. Boring and full of wrinkles are what most jerseys looked like through Scott's eyes.
So being a carpenter Scott started to use his creativity in his garage. First he created a way to stuff a jersey. That got rid of the wrinkles, and it also made it look like someone was wearing it. His wife would hand sew the sleeves and bottom together to hold the stuffing in. Next was building the case. After that Scott added pictures and other memorabilia into the case. Many times Scott heard people talking about framed jerseys and trying to figure out whose jersey it was. If the players name wasn't on the jersey, you'd be surprised how many people don't recognize whose jersey it is. Scott didn't want anyone to have that problem with his cases. His goal was one look at his case and it tells a story.
But how do you get the attention of the professional athlete? There some of the hardest people to make contact with. Scott had met the equipment manager of the Chicago Bears in the past and called him up to tell him about what he had been building in his garage. Scott got the opportunity to bring one of his cases into the Bears locker room and show it to the team. There were a lot of lookers but no orders. So he started writing letters. If he could get one professional athlete to do a case for, and have a picture of him standing next to his work, that would be the motivation for Scott to take his hobby and try to turn it into a full time business.
That opportunity came when he received a phone call from Walter Payton. Walter sent Scott a jersey and a few pictures, and the first case for a professional athlete was in the works. Walter Payton was Scott's favorite football player and never in his wildest dreams did he ever think that his first customer would be the greatest running back in the NFL. Thanks to Walter and a picture of him standing next to a the case Scott built for him, that was the start of ProCase.
When Dan Marino retired and the Miami Dolphins announced that they were going to retire his number, Scott sent some pictures of his work to them. They called back and said if your work is good enough for Walter Payton, it's good enough for Dan Marino. The Dolphins hired ProCase to create the case that was presented to Dan during the on field ceremony on national television. A few years later the Dolphins called on ProCase again to do the same for Larry Csonkas retirement.
Since 1992 ProCase has build showcases for over 100 professional athletes, and the client list continues to grow.
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