The ESPN Films new doc The 85 Bears premiered a few days ago celebrating the Chicago Bears football team who won Super Bowl XX after the 1985 season. And since this is Super Bowl 50 Sunday, I thought I’d post a photo I took in the mid-’80s of the quarterback of ’85 Bears, Jim McMahon with John Madden (former player, Super Bowl-winning coach, and perhaps now best known as the name behind EA Sports video game Madden NFL).
The two were gathered with many other professional football players for a celebrity golf tournament in San Luis Obispo, California. I was working back then as a photographer for Yary Photo which was co-owned by Wayne Yary and his brother Ron Yary—who was a Pro Football Hall-of-Fame offensive lineman with the Minnesota Vikings. (Ron also played in four Super Bowls.)
It made me think of some other shoots I did with some football greats and they include a video shoot in Dallas with Deion Sanders, a 16mm film shoot in Calabasas, California with Eric Dickerson, and Reggie White in Tampa, Florida. All Pro Football Hall of Fame members. And back when I was a 19-year-old small town journalist, I interviewed Doug Williams who went on to become the Super Bowl XXII MVP.
Good Memories. Looking forward to the Super Bowl 50 game today.
Screenwriting & the Super Bowl