The first home Packer pre-season game of 2012 I was a card runner for the Browns, thanks to John Reid their team photographer. It is a good way to see first hand the ins and outs of action on and around the field.
Because I knew the majority of the time would consist of walking/running the "M" for mezzanine to the heavens above being the pressbox in this case, that I might as well take some photos along the way.
Through the tunnel and through a door to the pressbox heavens I go begins with a cardio workout up two flights of stairs. There is an elevator there, but, what I found is that in the time the turtle elevator arrives and makes another stop at a floor in-between, I might as well climb the stairs. The elevator option took much, much longer. Tried it, done that on a different post card run.
The long, lonely "M" mezzanine, which seems to go on forever. I was lucky on one of the trips that someone happened to be there with a golf cart and was kind enough to offer a ride. My best guess is that it is about 1/4 mile or more walk/run.
More of the "M". I can see the end, with a left to another elevator, the media elevator. Stairs are not an option at this point.
To pressbox heaven please I would say to the escort elevator man. Now it a matter of finding the Browns staffers and hand deliver a memory card. People in this photo happens to represent the green and gold.
I stole one oatmeal and raisin cookie when passing a spread of food in the pressbox and did not feel guilty. Maybe a little guilty because I'm making my confession here to clear my conscience of course. Back to "M" please I'd say to the escort elevator man and pace it back to the game field below. The view waiting for the elevator.
Photographers line the end zone with stormy looking clouds in the sky when there was zero chance of precipitation in the weather forecast. It ended up being a few sprinkles; not enough to ruin someone's day.
And some other random photos from on the field. It was nasty job but someone had to do it as an experienced part-time Pro-Runner/Card Deliver Specialist. Thanks John for allowing me to be part of your team.