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NFL Photographer Wants Aaron Rodgers To Pay Him $250 For Broken Camera Equipment

Actually, he doesn’t, but sideline photographer Scott Kelby has a good time joking around about how his monopod was broken by Aaron Rodgers when the Green Bay Packers quarterback slid into him and his equipment on Rodgers’ 1-yard-touchdown run in the first quarter of Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. The scamper capped the Packers’ dominant opening drive of the game, but damage was done, and Kelby, in a tongue-in-cheek manner, amusingly recants the events of that play from his perspective on his blog.

Photos and an excerpt from Kelby’s narrative follow.

Via Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider:

On the Packer’s first possession, they drive right down the field, and they’re on the 2 yard line. Greenbay Packers’s Quarterback Aaron Rodgers drops back to pass, but everybody’s pretty well covered, and he sees a hole on my side of the field, and he starts running directly at me and dives for the Goal Line (as seen below).

I’m shooting my 400mm f/2.8 on a Gitzo monopod, but when I see this unfolding, I hold my Monopod with the left hand, and grab my 2nd body; a Nikon D3 with a 24-70mm f/2.8, with my right hand—I put it up to my eye and start firing at Rodgers as he’s running straight at me. Rodgers lands right in front of me, and starts sliding toward me. I keep shooting. Rodgers keep sliding. I keep thinking at some point he’s going to stop sliding, and then BAM—-he’s levels me, the guy beside me, and my camera on the monopod goes flying.

Kelby continues his story regarding the risks inherent to photographing NFL action in such close proximity to the field and even interjects some humorous imagined conversations he has with Rodgers. Kelby says that Rodgers joked with him by saying Too bad, Bears fan!” after Kelby tells Rodgers he ruined his monopod and how one of Rodgers’ teammates convince him to compensate Kelby for the damaged equipment. It’s obviously a fictional account – something Kelby concedes to at the end of the narrative – but it’s funny and provided a means by which Kelby could showcase some great images he shot of the play and what it is like to have a football player plow into you while still miraculously managing to keep your eyes on the prize and keep shooting film (many more images of Kelby’s are available for viewing on his site).

Great stuff, Mr. Kelby. Keep up the good work.

Aaron Rodgers Owes Me a New Monopod! [Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider]