Veteran Sports Photographer Celebrates 100th Birthday – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
On Saturday, legendary sports photographer Brad Bradley became the subject of the camera as he turned 100 and celebrated at a party held in his honor at SMU.
“I was 100 that day,” Bradley said as he opened a stack of birthday cards. “It was kind of a love party.”
Bradley first picked up a camera to help his stepfather, Jim Laughead, in his photography studio. Together, the duo made a name for themselves in sports photography, pioneering the iconic ‘huck ‘n’ buck’ action pose for football players.
“It was all just an adventure for me,” Bradley said with a twinkle in his eye. “It was fun.”
Time flew while Bradley was having fun. At 100, he still works as a photographer.
“When I wake up in the morning, it’s going to be a good day, and I can’t wait for it,” Bradley said.
Bradley has photographed for 40 colleges and universities, as well as high school and professional football. He saw the advances in technology and sports.
“It’s just a great joy to be around the youngsters and see how they’ve developed in athletics,” Bradley said. “Especially the girls have come a long way in athletics since we started.”
Bradley is a member of the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame and was celebrated with the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame Legends Award. He said that photography can do what time cannot.
“It kind of stops time for people,” Bradley said. “I loved life so much and still love life so much that I’m going to be disappointed when I have to leave.”
Bradley said he still grabs a camera to shoot for SMU from time to time.