Sunday was a homecoming for two Baltimore football legends. Both showed up to M&T Bank stadium wearing outfits that were in stark contrast to the ones they donned last year.
One in a suit…one in a Houston Texans uniform.
Ray Lewis returned to Baltimore to be inducted into the Ravens Ring of Honor and the second he ran through the tunnel, under those red eyes and through the smoke and flames, the stadium erupted right on cue. Fans didn’t seem to mind that he was wearing dress shoes instead of cleats or that he didn’t perform his patented “Squirrel Dance.”
Ed Reed ran out of a different tunnel at M&T for the first time in his career. No smoke, no fire, and despite the overpowering “boo’s” that always welcome the visiting team you could still hear a resounding chant of “Reeeeeed” emerging from the crowd. Cheers for Reed continued throughout the game and it was clear that Baltimore still had a lot of love for their former star. I think they all know that one day, he will have is own ceremony right there on the 50 yard line in Baltimore no matter where he is playing now.
For the second week in a row the Baltimore Ravens defeated a team led by a future hall of fame quarterback…and this time they didn’t need a field goal in double overtime to pull it off.
Although the first half of the AFC Championship got off to a slow start at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, the Ravens absolutely dominated Tom Brady and the Patriots in the second half of the game.
But hey…you already know the details and you already know that the Ravens are going to the Super Bowl…pretty sweet!
However that also means one very important thing… I AM GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL
Let me have my little kid moment.
It really hasn’t sunk in yet. To have the opportunity to photograph on the biggest stage in football, amongst THE BEST photographers in the world is a crazy and somewhat daunting thought.
Luckily I have two weeks to let that thought marinate and focus on shooting the biggest game of my career.
After three weeks off from shooting football, I was anxious to get back on the field Sunday.
After a lot of recent criticism about “barely” winning games, the Ravens were anxious to prove their critics wrong. They did…in a big way.
They scored more points than any other team in Ravens history.
As a team photographer I feel an immense amount of pressure and gratitude to have the incredible opportunity to document this team’s history and games like this make it extra special.
It didn’t take long for players to get warmed up for their first full team practice of the Ravens 2012 Training Camp…after all, it was a hundred degrees out.
I love shooting training camp because it allows me access and perspectives I could never get during a game. Because their are very similar elements of each practice, day after day, the challenge is making fresh new images each time.
Luckily, I get bored easily, and I am always trying to think of new ways to shoot the same thing. Let’s see what happens today…