Super Bowl 50 for Sports Illustrated – by Brad Mangin

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Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

San Francisco Bay Area sports photographer Brad Mangin shot the Super Bowl 50 from an elevated position.

Way back on August 26, 2015 I got an email from Sports Illustrated’s former director of photography Brad Smith. The contents of the email were brief and to the point. “Hi there, hope all is well. Want to talk Super Bowl?” Smith asked.

“Sure. That would be pretty awesome. I could carry Walter’s stuff!” I replied, thus earning me a spot in the most prestigious starting lineup I have ever been a part of. Of course I was talking about the legendary Walter Iooss, who would be photographing his 50th Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, February 7, 2016. That’s every single Super Bowl that’s ever been played folks. Being in the lineup with Walter and his fellow Super Bowl streak-holder John Biever was a dream come true and something I could not pass up. This was like getting the chance to play with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig on the famous “Murderer’s Row” 1927 New York Yankees. I didn’t care if I hit 8th. I could drop a bunt down, move the guy over, do anything to help the ball club win. Getting to play with these guys, and the other incredible Sports Illustrated shooters at a Super Bowl is something I have always dreamed of.

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The halftime show during Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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Carolina Panthers receiver Philly Brown #10 makes a great catch in the third quarter during Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on February 7, 2016.

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Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos forces Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers to fumble the ball during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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Fireworks go off and confetti flies after Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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