“Canon 7D, you the real MVP.” – Kevin Durant to his camera, probably.
There were plenty of recognizable faces in the stands at Levi’s Stadium for Super Bowl 50 Sunday, but one of the most famous athletes in the world was on the sidelines as a credentialed media member.
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant was snapping photos for The Players’ Tribune and wrote about his experience.
“When I was invited by The Players’ Tribune and the NFL to be a credentialed photographer on the sidelines during the Super Bowl, I said ‘I’ll do it’ before they even finished their question,” Durant wrote. “Seriously, that’s a dream offer. Like most people, I’ve watched the Super Bowl on TV every year of my life. The way the NBA schedule is, it’s almost impossible to get to go to the Super Bowl in person. This year I got lucky that 1) We were in the Bay already and 2) We had an off day Super Bowl Sunday. I don’t know if that timing will ever work out again while I’m in the league.”
Durant’s peers were excited to see what the 2014 NBA MVP would bring to the table.
“I’ve got a lot of interests outside of basketball, and one of them is doing things I haven’t done before, like stepping into the shoes of a photographer and learning about what it’s all about,” Durant added.
To see all of Durant’s photos, which include some quality action shots of the game and halftime show, check out his post in The Players' Tribune.
This isn’t the first time a high-profile athlete has been credentialed as a photographer at the Super Bowl. In 2013, retired running back Ricky Williams shot the game for ESPN The Magazine. The Baltimore Ravens – whom Williams played for the season prior – defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Superdome in New Orleans where Williams played his first three NFL seasons.