Saturday, February 1, 2014
I was there for Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999 - the last time the Denver Broncos were in the big game. I was a staff photographer for the Sun Sentinel and I was assigned to the west end zone. After the Broncos won, everyone of course rushed the field for the QB picture. I remember running towards the Broncos bench, but for some reason, was MOVING towards the middle of the field. The crush of media was so strong that I was lifted off of the ground and had no control of my direction. I remember running over and stepping on many smaller reporters and photographers. It is advantageous to be 6'1 and 210 pounds. When I finally got to John Elway, I was behind him. We were all getting CRUSHED. Elway screamed "GET BACK!!!" It was a loud, terrifying scream. Everyone backed up. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw his wife Janet approach and give him a kiss. This would be the last time John Elway played in an NFL game.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
|The Miami Hurricanes enter the Citrus Bowl in a cloud of smoke|
Early in my freelance career, I shot NFL and college football every weekend. For almost 10 seasons, I traveled across the country doing this. It was the time of my life. I think that I have photographed about 250 pro and college football games.
I ultimately decided that I wanted to take my career in another direction - the corporate - advertising direction. I stopped shooting action sports assignments after Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville (2005).
However, my alma mater, the University of Miami received a bowl bid to play at the Russell Athletic Bowl on December 28, 2013 in Orlando. I couldn't resist! I love my old school, and I decided that I wanted to be there on the sidelines again. I felt a little rusty, but it all came back pretty quick. the photos were all shot with a Nikon D4 and a Nikon 200-400. 1/640th at F/4, 3200 ASA.
|The University of Miami Sunsations are a big part of the game festivities|
|Miami QB Stephen Morris runs for his life as Louisville defenders chase him|
|QB Stephen Morris finished his Miami career going 12 of 27 for 160 yards|
|Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater was named game MVP|
|Louisville WR DeVante Parker scored on a 26-yard pass play in the second quarter.|
|Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater completed 35 of 45 passes for a career-high 447 yards|