One of the things I miss the most about not shooting the Razorbacks is getting to know the different athletes. Fans watch the Arkansas Razorbacks on TV or from the stands but we have to realize they are only kids. I remember people calling into radio stations and complaining that some 20 year old kid that made a mistake during a football game, ruined their week. It’s a game and they are all trying as hard as they can. Winning is just as important to the the athletes as it is to the fans.
We all remember these days with Darren McFadden, Peyton Hillis, Felix Jones and Marcus Monk. Those were the days. This is a photograph I took with Kevin Trainor of the three of them for the cover of the media that year. Four great razorbacks and three future NFL running backs. They each brought their own style of running and they each had different styles.
I remember being in the bathroom at the state capital in Little Rock with Kevin Trainor and Darren McFadden putting a tie on Darren because he was about to meet Congress. I will never forget Felix coming over at Dallas cowboy games and giving me a hug on the sidelines before games. I love watching Peyton play. Danny Nutt once told me that Peyton Hillis was probably the best blocker on those razorback teams, he could also catch the ball, he could block and he could run. If I’m ever in a foxhole during a battle, I want Peyton Hillis with me. Over the years I’ve been able to walk off the field with them after games and talk with them and see how they’re doing and watch their careers up close. It is the reward of being a Sports Photographer.