Football season is finally back! Well, it’s been back for a while but since I was in London I missed three NFL preseason games. My goal this season is shoot 50 games between NFL and College. People think I am crazy but football has been in my life since I was born and I enjoy every minute of it!
My first NFL game of the season was a preseason game between the Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns. The game started at 7:30pm, and I arrived in Cleveland around 4:00pm to meet up with another photographer before heading down to the stadium.
Once at the stadium I sought out my old teammate Adonis Thomas who I played with at Toledo. After chatting with him I saw the video coordinator Drew Boatner who is also from Toledo. It’s amazing how many people I now know in the NFL who are from Toledo. I am very thankful for the four years I spent at Toledo and all of the connections I have made that will be with me for the rest of my life!
Well on to the game!
Before the game Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, left, talks with new owner Jimmy Haslam.
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam
In the first quarter defensive back Joe Haden (23) intercepts a pass intended for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10). Joe Haden has been in the news a lot lately. First being suspended for the first five games of the regular season for testing positive for adderall without a prescription. Most recently he was kicked out of practice for arguing with the head coach.
After the interception he went to head coach Pat Shurmur to celebrate.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) looks to throw a pass in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Cleveland Browns punter Reggie Hodges (2) goes to punt in the first quarter, and has the punt blocked and the Eagles almost picked it up and scored a touchdown.
Just as the Cleveland Browns running back Montario Hardesty (20) was close to scoring he was pushed out of bounds.
On to the second quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Damaris Johnson (13) looks to get away from Cleveland Browns linebacker Craig Robertson (47)
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jordan Norwood (10) catches a pass while being defended by Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin (22)
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little (15) is unable to make a catch in the end zone while being defended by Philadelphia Eagles defender
Onto the third quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brett Brackett (85) jumps over Cleveland Browns defensive back Tashaun Gipson (39)
The next play was crazy. Eagles running back Bryce Brown (34) jumps over the line for a touchdown and fumbled the ball. Watching him scramble for the ball seemed like it was in slow motion while I was shooting it.
Onto the fourth quarter
Cleveland Browns running back Adonis Thomas (35) runs the ball in the fourth quarter
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Ronald Johnson (80) gets the ball knocked away by Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cooper (88)
Cleveland Browns tackle Jake Anderson (63) squirts water on his face on the sidelines
Cleveland Browns tight end Evan Moore (89) catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) walks off the field after being defeated by Philadelphia Eagles 27-10
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, left, shakes hands with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid.
That ends my first NFL game of the season. Following this game, I took a four hour nap on my friends couch before I had to drive to Bristol, Tennessee for a NASCAR race. My next blog will be of the IRWIN Tools Night Race!