Working as a NFL photographer was a dream come true. I can remember the phone call when the NFL called offering me the chance to be a photographer for them for the 2018 season. I still can’t believe I’m an NFL photographer, but I’m enjoying every moment of it.
Even as I write this, I still can’t believe the Miami Dolphins completed the Miracle in Miami. With seven seconds left in the game against their AFC East rival the New England Patriots, the Dolphins executed a hook and ladder play lateraling the ball back between players and it worked. They scored as time expired beating their rivals and thus dubbing the ending of the game as the Miracle in Miami.
There were no NFL records this time with the Miami Dolphins victory over the Oakland Raiders at Hard Rock Stadium. There was though an abundance of merciless heat and sun. The field temp was well over 100 degrees and without the slightest of breezes, you felt every degree of that hot temperature.
When you think of being part of NFL history, you think of most Super Bowl Wins or most touchdowns caught. Never did I imagine that in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season that I would be part of the longest game in NFL history between the Miami Dolphins and the Tennessee Titans. 7 hours and 10 minutes; that was how long the game was that I was a NFL photographer for.
The Dolphins vs Buccaneers game was supposed to be played week 1, but due to Hurricane Irma it was rescheduled for week 11. If you’re a Dolphins fan it really wasn’t a pretty game for you, the Dolphins lost 30-20. Numerous interceptions and failed drives doomed the Dolphins. For me, it was another game photographing two teams competing for a victory.
The Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans game at Hard Rock Stadium wasn’t the classic slobber knocker one would hope for at an NFL game. Instead it was a battle of the defenses as both offenses were downright offensive the whole game. To top off the lack of action on the field, the game time temperature on the field hovered around 115 degrees. Just another fall, October day at Hard Rock Stadium.
Week 2 of the NFL preseason brings me the opportunity to photograph the Miami Dolphins vs the Baltimore Ravens. It was another hot and humid night at the Hard Rock Stadium. Hell, even my camera was sweating as I photographed the action between the two teams.
There is no better way to kick off the 2017 football season than by photographing some NFL preseason action between the Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons. It always feels good to step onto the field and soak in all the sights and sounds the Hard Rock Stadium produces. As a sports photographer there is nothing like photographing football especially NFL football. Throwing on that NFL Media vest is such an honor to partake in and I enjoy every second of it.