TRADING E-MAIL WITH...
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue
SI: What was the most memorable Christmas gift you received as a kid?
Tagliabue: Whatever sports gear I was getting—football helmet, baseball glove, basketball, ice skates, boxing gloves—you name it. Also, waking up on Christmas in Jersey City every year and seeing what was new on our model train table.
SI: So what's the big gift for your wife, Chan, this Christmas?
Tagliabue: It's in a little blue box. That's all I can tell you.
SI: Ever think you'd be commissioner for 13 years?
Tagliabue: Pete Rozelle was commissioner for almost 30 years. That's worth aiming for. But I never give myself a timetable, and the years pass quickly in this job. I don't know how much longer I'll go.
SI: Your proudest achievement?
Tagliabue: Helping keep our game fresh, exciting and competitive. Also, working productively with the players' association for long-term labor peace.
SI: Your biggest frustration?