Meeting Don Shula and watching a live show in person

Our happy little crew with Don Shula.

Our happy little crew with Don Shula. and his wife Mary Anne.

Having been part of the NFL Network for over a year, I don’t actually get to watch a show in studio as it airs live. Since I am usually in the newsroom working with lots of news and information, rarely am I am in the studio doing television production. But it was nice to come in when I wasn’t on the clock to watch Don Shula tell stories on “A Football Life: Backstory” live in person.

Sitting there as we watched the cameras roll, the show go live and clapping on cue was really neat.

What was even sweeter was that even though I knew how everything operated during a live show, it was really exciting for me. We would watch the camera rotate around, then the hosts talk with the guest and just back and forth. Since it was a studio audience, laughing along and cheering was encouraged.

I suppose that even though I see Super Bowl winners and Hall of Famers all the time, there was something special with having Shula in our presence. He was witty, full of stories and just a joy to be around.

I was so happy that he willingly took photos with everyone after the show. His wife was just as nice throughout the entire show. Even though I wasn’t working the show, it didn’t seem like work at all to anyone. It was all fun.

And that’s what I really like about being at the NFL Network. I know it’s work. But everyone enjoys it. I guess that’s what it means to have a dream job.

Meeting and sharing that small time hanging out with a legend surely made his day fun for me.

We’re live on the set.

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