My first and only football game I photographed this season was quite spectacular. The energy, excitement and passion was incredible for which the Denver Broncos are heading to Super Bowl XLVIII in New York. Speaking of New York (as to how I came about covering the AFC Championship). I received a call from New York Daily News photo editor Kevin Macdonald asking me if I was interested in going. He saw my sports portfolio on my website.
While waiting for a media shuttle in downtown Denver I crossed paths with my friend and mentor Damian Strohmeyer. It’s been 30 years since Damian took me under his wing and taught me about sports photography, as well as a few life lessons. He’s been impactful in my career as well as many others and I’m so appreciative of him. I also had the opportunity to see many familiar faces of other photographers in the digital workroom and on the sidelines that made my day complete.
After being laid off last March and subsequently having to sell off my camera gear last September to pay bills was the right responsible action to take at the time. I had to rent camera gear. And to make covering this event happen my sister Gail Michel fronted the funds for which I’m also so appreciative.
In going on a year of being out of this business I’m not sure what the future holds. However, I do know that if this happens be my last assignment, I went out with a great one! Here are a dozen of my favorites.