Mud Bowl

Football. A clash of titans. Modern-day Gladiators. And in my case, the sport that started my career. 

I’ve always loved football. I photographed games for more than 30 years for small newspapers, prominent newspapers, and magazines. From Pop Warner to big bowl games. While pro games are exciting my favorite has always been college ball. They play hard. They play with heart. And they don’t play in cushy domed stadiums. It’s gridiron as it was supposed to be.

One of the most memorable games I’ve covered was early in my career at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Not a collegiate powerhouse team, but those young men played with incredible grit that day. They also played in grit that day, liquid grit. Mud. While the action on the field was like a mud bog, my favorite images, and the most storytelling, were those captured just after the players returned to the sidelines. Caked in the earth and exhausted their faces told the story of that game on that day. 

As a mentor said, to tell the whole story, you need to keep your head on a swivel and never stop seeing.