16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
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.
© Rachel Bennett.
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||Nov. 30, 2018, 4:08 p.m.