CHICAGO — Glenn Timmermann's body is covered head to toe — literally — with tattoos of Bears autographs — all first signed on his body by team players.
Well, almost head to toe. Timmermann, a 51-year-old father of four and grandfather of five, still has a bit of white space — or tan space — remaining for a signature or two.
That skin-canvass includes his feet and posterior. The latter he'd save for current Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
"I don't have a whole lot of space left, and my face is off limits, so if he would like to have some fun with it, it could be a weird spot like my rear end," Timmermann said.
Timmermann is actually a fan of Cutler, who's won only a single playoff game as the Bears' signal caller but has also been the franchise's most prolific passer ever.
"It's not always his fault," Timmermann said.
Timmermann, a mega-diehard Bears backer whose suburban Round Lake Beach home and basement are crammed with memorabilia, started his tattoo trend in 2006.
His first tattoo was legendary linebacker Otis Wilson, who signed his back and Timmermann turned the temporary autograph into a permanent tattoo. The tattoos, which he said cost him about $30 apiece, include a Mike Ditka signature on the back of his neck.
Finding Cutler off the field has been the most difficult part for Timmermann.
"It's hard trying to get ahold of somebody like that," Timmermann said. "Cutler doesn't go in public a lot."
Timmermann attends a few games at Soldier Field each year, and he won't find out until Monday whether he's going to the home opener against Philadelphia.
And he still has faith that Cutler is the right man for the job in Chicago.
"This is going to be an exciting year for him," Timmermann said.
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