16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Before the Game

This is a photograph of one of the star players on a college football team. This is a moment of silence and anticipation as he climbs to the top of a ladder to deliver an inspirational speech to his entire team and a crowd of fans before the biggest game of the season. The sword in hand is a symbol associated with the school mascot, and it is traditional to hold the sword when delivering pre-game speeches.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Copyright: © Rachel Bennett