Pro Bowl 2009: From Eyes of a First-Timer

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Pro Bowl 2009: From Eyes of a First-Timer

Every once in awhile, an opportunity comes along that some might call "an offer you can't refuse."

As a sports fan having grown up in New Jersey, the chance see pro athletes up close falls into that category for me.

I co-host a weekly sports-talk radio show called "The Sports Zoo," which airs Friday nights from 7-8 PM in Las Vegas on KLAV-1230AM.

My co-host Rich Perez is a former major leaguer with the Houston Astros and SF Giants and has been on the radio and Internet for over 15 years.

Perez was the originator of the "Best Damn Sports Show" concept now on television.

I met Perez last year when we were the broadcast team for Junior Golden Gloves Boxing in Mesquite, Nevada.

Last October, "The Sports Zoo" went on the air.

With Perez's coaxing, and a little help from family, I was able to attend the NFL Pro Bowl game this past February in Honolulu.

Now, on our show, we aren't exactly void of stars. I mean, Former Minnesota Vikings DB Joey Browner and Women's Boxing Champ Elena "Baby Doll" Reid are no slouches.

But the Pro Bowl was something special.

We did our show live from Niketown in Honolulu the Friday before the Pro Bowl. On Saturday, we were at Aloha Stadium, on the field, while the two teams practiced.

I was able to get some autographs and shake hands with some of the best in the NFL.

Then there was Sunday.

My credentials as a photographer allowed me to be on the field during the entire game, close to the players on the sidelines.

I was even in the end zone when Tony Gonzales scored the AFC's first touchdown (I immediately received a text message from my wife and daughters saying they spotted me on TV).

I was also in the end zone when Larry Fitzgerald caught the go-ahead touchdown that allowed the NFC to win the game.

I then waited on the field after the game and got more autographs and handshakes than I could have ever imagined.

Attached is a slideshow of my experiences when I accepted the "offer I couldn't refuse."

Deep down, I hope it is only the first of many that I can share with you.

So sit back and enjoy the pictures as much as I did taking them while on the field of Aloha Stadium.

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