after countless hours of stories shared in film rooms and in hotels
on road trips, they’ve become a family and learned more from his
friendly, personable nature.
“Ed’s a people person,” Martin says. “All he would have to do is tell
a story to connect with someone. And players knew they were with
someone down to earth who they could trust.”
“I get calls from my parents and I get calls from Ed,” Garfinkel says.
“And we’re having similar conversations about life.”
Through the ups and downs, the milestones and magical moments,
Mahan has never lost perspective. He knows both how important his
job is and how lucky he is to do it. That was never more obvious than
when President George W. Bush made an appearance at the Eagles’
2018 Salute to Service game against the Cowboys.
Mahan assigned Hallowell to photograph the President as he walked
onto the field. When Hallowell introduced himself in the tunnel,
President Bush asked what his job was. He explained that he was a
team photographer for the Philadelphia Eagles.
“Wow,” the President replied. “What a cool job.”
That inspired a post-game speech from Mahan.
“We are so fortunate that the President of the United States thinks
we have a cool job,” Mahan says. “I told my guys, don’t take it for
granted and try to share it. Bring others into our world and be the
gracious holders of that title.”
If you’re lucky enough to sit down with Mahan one day, you’ll hear all
of these stories and more. Through his years of work, he is both proud
and grateful for what he has experienced as the Eagles’ photographer.
But after 50 years of experiences and personal relationships, the
stories are what he holds closest to his heart.
“My dad always said you can lose money, you can lose whatever, but
they can’t take your memories away,” Mahan says. “Those are yours
forever. And I’m lucky to have made so many great ones.”
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