Aug 11, 2010
Knotts, ‘04, photographs Super Bowl for NFL.com Without a football program, the likelihood of a Flagler alum standing on the field at a Super Bowl is always going to be pretty low — unless, of course, you’re Perry Knotts, ‘04. As a photographer, he’s already been there twice.
Freelancing for NFL.com, the St. Augustine photographer was on-hand when the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts in South Florida this past February. He also worked at the 2009 Super Bowl in Tampa. Flagler College Magazine talked to Knotts about his experience at football’s biggest game:
What was your role at the Super Bowl?
My main role was to edit pictures from the field photographers and transmit images to NFL.com headquarters in Los Angeles where they uploaded what I sent to the site. I also helped photograph before the game, pre-game, halftime and the post-game celebration.
How did you land the gig?
You’ll laugh how I found it, but it was in a classified section. It was listed on sportsshooter.com, a website devoted to sports photographers. [They were] asking for an assistant in Tampa. It had no mention of the Super Bowl, but I had a good idea that it was for that because of the date and time they needed you.
Did they use any of your shots?
There are a handful of my shots on the NFL.com website. My image of Drew Brees kissing the Vince Lombardi trophy was on the homepage of NFL.com right after the game.
What was the experience like, especially stepping onto that field?
It’s hard to explain what the experience is like. The atmosphere is electric and intense. You look around and see celebrities, NFL Hall of Famers, ESPN sportscasters. I feel blessed to be able to say I’ve been to the Super Bowl.
Will you do it again?
I believe so! We talked briefly about me helping at Super Bowl XLV in Dallas.
Aside from Super Bowls, what other big sporting events have you worked on?
I also photographed the Daytona 500 in 2009 and [Florida State head football coach] Bobby Bowden’s final game in Jacksonville.