Super Bowl LIV
Miami, Florida
January 29 - February 3, 2020

Earlier this month I covered my second Super Bowl week with the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Miami. This time around I shot double the events and double the photos. While these events are more laid back, it’s still really like a mini Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week for me.

This year the Hall of Fame is inducting a class of 20 people (instead of the standard 5-8 person class) for the NFL’s 100th anniversary. The Class of 2020 is split between the Centennial Slate (Bill Cowher, Jimmy Johnson, Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue, George Young, Harold Carmichael, Jim Covert, Bobby Dillon, Cliff Harris, Winston Hill, Alex Karras, Donnie Shell, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie, and Ed Sprinkle) and the Modern-Era Class (Steve Atwater, Issac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, and Troy Polamalu). The Hall of Fame’s Super Bowl events are the beginning of their Hall of Fame chapter, all leading up to the Enshrinement Week in August and the NFL Centennial Celebration in September.    

One of my main jobs during Super Bowl week was assisting sculptor Blair Buswell, who creates the famous Hall of Fame bronze busts. I was tasked with photographing 180° headshots of every living Class of 2020 member, so Blair could have facial structure and shadow references for sculpting their bronze busts. Unfortunately, I can’t share those portraits, but I have included the photos of Blair measuring a few of the Class members faces.

With so many events over 5 days, I decided to bring in Ashley Whitmer as my second photographer. Together we covered the Hall of Fame’s traveling exhibit at the Super Bowl Experience convention center, the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 Finalists Reception at the beautiful Indian Creek Country Club, the Merlin Olsen Super Bowl Luncheon at the InterContinental Miami, Super Bowl Live at Bayfront Park, Measurement Saturday and Sunday with Blair Buswell, the HOF Experiences Autograph Session, the Hall of Fame’s second traveling exhibit Gridiron Glory at the History Miami Museum, the HOF Experiences Gold Jacket Tailgate Party, and my favorite event from the week Measurement Monday where the Class of 2020 were measured for their Hall of Fame Gold Jackets and Ring of Excellence.