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Began my photography career as most people do...the highschool yearbook. Upon graduation I attended the US Naval Photography School in Pensacola Fla. After getting a qualification in basic photography and then later attending their Portrait School,was assigned to a military operation. Experiences included USO photography for Bob Hope, Brooke Shields, Kathy Lee Crosby and Wayne Newton.Have also had the opportunity for travel assignments to places such as Beruit, Israel, Africa, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Spain and England. Upon exiting the Navy in 1984,opened up a Tanning Salon and Health Club in Oxford,Ohio and began photographing weddings, all as a vehicle to fund my way through college. I enjoy travel, sports photography, special event and Cincinnati Reds photography. I am frequently contracted as a sports photographer by parents, sports teams, and organizations,throughout the Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio areas, to provide the highest quality sports photography, both on an individual and team basis.

September 3, 2009

Bengals Number 1 Draft Pick, Andre Smith

So far, the St. Louis Rams feel good about taking tackle Jason Smith instead of tackle Andre Smith with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Jason signed on time and made steady progress through the preseason. Andre, who fell to Cincinnati at No. 6, didn’t sign with the Bengals until after the third preseason game.

And then he immediately suffered a broken foot. He won’t be back until some point in the regular season. Nice.

“Andre suffered a small fracture in his left foot during a non-contact drill,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. “Our medical staff tells me the injury will not require surgery. It’s too soon to closely predict how long it will be before he can return to practice, but it looks like he’s going to miss a few weeks.”

That is reassuring for long-suffering Bengal fans, who have seen one draft bust after another come through.

While sidelined, can Andre keep his weight down? To put it politely, his size tends to fluctuate.

Andre has a weight clause in his contract, reportedly set at 350 pounds. Smith’s conditioning became a bit of an issue for NFL teams before the draft.

He was a sloppy mess at the scouting combine . . . until he abruptly left the proceedings, presumably to get something more to eat.

This being the Cincinnati Bengals, Tipsheet expects this to end very badly for all parties involved.

Posted by Cincinnati and Dayton Sports Photographer Vincent Rush of Monroe, Ohio. For more information (877) 858-6295

1 comment:

  1. The most telling prediction of how this will end...his apprentice agent turned to him at the signing and said, "Congratulations. You're a multi millionare!"

    I believe it's fair to say, Andre Smith has already peaked and he hasn't played a down yet.

    However, the way the NFL makes money hand over fist and then discards players the second they slip in production...Good for him!