Its not often that I get out and go on road trips to visit football teams and their cheerleading squads, but when the opportunity to presents itself…I’m all in. And this past weekend, I was able hit the road to check out the 2017 Arizona Cardinals…or more properly, the 2017 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders.
I rolled into Phoenix for a quick trip and I met my buddy Max and his friend Carlos at my hotel three hours before kick off. Max had pulled an all-niter photographing the Big 10 Championship game in Indianapolis, then caught an early morning flight from Chicago to Phoenix to catch this game.
I looked forward to this road trip because it was a chance to reconnect with friends and it was my first chance to see the 2017 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders on game day. A few months prior, I had covered their auditions and I was looking forward to seeing the squad in action. I knew that the Arizona Cardinals had a great squad because they attracted some very beautiful and talented dancers at their auditions and I really looked forward to photographing them on the sidelines.
Let’s take a look at what I got.
More photos after the break.
I was looking forward to shooting the entire game, but unfortunately Max and I were asked to stop shooting from our front row seats. The stadium people said that the NFL personnel asked that we stop even though our cameras were compliant with stadium policy. We never knew why we were asked to stop shooting because we were only taking photos of the cheerleaders during breaks in the game action. So I only got photos of the first two lines and in fact, I missed a couple of girls from line two. Okay, no biggie…life is too short to argue with the NFL…just ask Tom Brady or Ezekiel Elliott.
I can’t wait until next year and the next road trip.