Written by Greg Evers - June 2022
The USFL games this week were spread over three days, with a Friday night game, Saturday afternoon and two Sunday games. All of the games this week were held at a different field to the previous games, as there was a Garth Brooks concert being held at the main stadium on the Saturday night. The games were being held at Legion Field, which is a pretty historical field here in Birmingham. When you arrive there are statues and quotes from Coach Paul W "Bear" Bryant, which for anyone involved in the sport of American Football, his reputation proceeds him so to see statues commerating his achievements as well as plaques with the names of people from Alabama who died in WWI, it shows the historical nature of this stadium.
One of the officials that I've been getting to know during this trip was trying to organise some pressbox passes for the games. Unfortunately, there was some miscommunication somewhere along the line and when I arrived at the stadium to pick up the pass to allow me to get in to the field, it wasn't available. That just meant that I ended up going through as a normal paying spectator which was actually quite good. Due to arriving with plenty of time before the game, I was able to get a seat pretty close to the field which allowed for a really close view of how the officials worked.
For the Saturday and Sunday games, we were able to sort out the issue with the passes, which meant that I was now able to watch the game from up in the pressbox. This was a fantastic opportunity to watch and observer how the officials worked. Within the pressbox there was a couple of the supervisors and trainers for the officials, so it was a great opportunity to learn from them and hear them explain some of the intracies of the rule differences between College and NCAA. Like everyone that I've met on this trip, they were also interested in hearing a bit about my story and what I'm aiming to do so to be able to explain this to them was great.
Following the film review sessions some of us went out for dinner and it was another opportunity to listen and learn as they talked through various aspects of the game, as well as hearing about their preparations for the NFL, as some of them are new hires to the NFL. Now it's back to working on my daily actions and habits to keep moving towards my goal.