Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver Shelton Gibson wanted to pick up a new hobby this offseason while staying close to Philly sports.
What do NFL players do in their spare time when the offseason is currently taking place? Do they remain a gym rat, and just workout and sleep? Perhaps they go back to wherever their home state is and spend time with their family. Or maybe, for a young player who is 25-years-old, they are looking towards turning a passion into a hobby for a potential job in the future.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Shelton Gibson spent his offseason learning sports photography. As he linked with a professional team photographer for the Philadelphia Union during the football season, Gibson expressed interest in possibly getting some tips from Trey Madara. As the photographer and the wide receiver discussed their passion for taking pictures of athletes during game-action, Madara was able to allow Gibson to get hands-on.
Over the Eagles’ offseason, Gibson found himself on the sidelines of a Union match. Although the Union wanted to get some Eagles players in attendance during their season in an attempt to attract more fans from different avenues of sports, Gibson actually showed up to work. Instead of just making an appearance with a jersey on and waving to the crowd, the wideout and special teamer decided to bring out his own camera and snap shots throughout the matchup.
A Look at Gibson’s Work
"“After an eventful and fun day for Philly sports, Shelton had gotten his first taste of MLS and sports photography. We parted ways that day looking forward to the upcoming NFL season and the plans for getting more of the bird gang to attend some Union matches. The inter-connectivity that Philadelphia sports teams have is simply unmatched in US sports and being able to be a part of that bigger universe has been an absolute blessing. It’s quite an exciting time to be a Philadelphia fan and it’s going to be exciting to see what the future holds for the Union and Eagles seasons.”H/T to Bleeding Green Nation"
As Madara recalled, Gibson was not only excited to get his opportunity to work as a photographer – but he actually was quite impressed with the soccer player’s ability to run non-stop for so long, unlike how they have many breaks throughout the game in football. Gibson’s small sample of work that he posted on Instagram turned out to be a hit to his followers.
And since the experience was positive for both, Gibson and the Union’s media team, it seems as though the Eagles’ wideout is just getting started on his secondary career. We should expect to see him snapping more photos of Philly sports teams in the future.