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Next up in my Best of 2011 series is my favorite football images of the year. While I did not get to shoot near as many football games as I wanted to this year, it would still end up being a solid season of images. Enjoy!

Below, Jan. 1, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oklahoma Sooners players head through the tunnel prior to entering the field prior to the game against the Connecticut Huskies in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 24-70mm, 10000iso, f2.8, 1/160th, Manual

Below, Jan. 1, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Connecticut Huskies wide receiver (31) Nick Williams has his helmet pulled off as he is tackled by Oklahoma Sooners kicker (43) Patrick O’Hara on a kick off return in the second quarter in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 550mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Jan. 1, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops is doused with gatorade in the closing seconds of the game against the Connecticut Huskies in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Sooners defeated the Huskies 48-20.

Nikon D3S, 550mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Jan. 5, 2011; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Cam Newton during a press conference at the JW Marriott for the 2011 BCS National Championship game against the Oregon Ducks to be played on January 10, 2011.

Nikon D3S, 24-70mm, 4000iso, f3.2, 1/250th, Manual

Below, Jan 10, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback (2) Cam Newton dives for yardage against the Oregon Ducks in the 2011 BCS National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Auburn defeated Oregon 22-19.

Nikon D700,70-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Jan 10, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Cam Newton (2) is tackled by Oregon Ducks safety John Boyett (20) during the second half of the 2011 BCS National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Jan 10, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Michael Dyer (5) celebrates after running the ball to the one-yard line during the fourth quarter of the 2011 BCS National Championship game against the Auburn Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, February 4, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Media reflect off the floor as they document Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy as he touches the Vince Lombardi trophy during a press conference at the Super Bowl XLV media center at the International Exposition and Conference Center.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/500th, Manual

Below, Feb 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (top right) prepares to take the snap against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Feb 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) hits Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) during the first half of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Feb 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual

Below, Feb 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Feb 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrates as confetti falls after the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Below, Feb 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; A detailed view of the Lombardi Trophy being hoisted by a Green Bay Packers player after the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Sept. 11, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback (1) Cam Newton leaps into the end zone for his first career rushing touchdown in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Sept. 11, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback (1) Cam Newton prepares to take the snap against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Panthers 28-21.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 2000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Nov. 25, 2011; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Gerell Robinson is tackled by California Golden Bears safety (11) Sean Cattouse at Sun Devil Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 600mm, 10000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 2, 2011; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks tight end (86) Brian Teague celebrates as he enters the field prior to the game against the UCLA Bruins during the first quarter of the Pac-12 Championship game at Autzen Stadium.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 2, 2011; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James (21) is upended as he is tackled during the first quarter of the Pac-12 Championship game against the UCLA Bruins at Autzen Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 4000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 2, 2011; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas celebrates with the fans following the game against the UCLA Bruins during the Pac-12 Championship game at Autzen Stadium. Oregon defeated UCLA 49-31.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Dec. 4, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback (9) Tony Romo prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/500th, Manual

Below, Dec. 4, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell celebrates as he enters the field prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 4, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back (26) Beanie Wells stiff arms Dallas Cowboys linebacker (93) Anthony Spencer in the second quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 2000iso, f3.2, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 4, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; The sun shines into the stadium between Arizona Cardinals fans in the crowd against the Dallas Cowboys at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Cowboys 19-13 in overtime.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 17, 2011; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Temple Owls players walk towards the locker room prior to the game against the Wyoming Cowboys in the 2011 New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 200iso, f4, 1/1600th, Manual

Below, Dec. 17, 2011; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Temple Owls running back (22) Matt Brown leaps as he is tackled by Wyoming Cowboys safety (4) Tashaun Gipson in the second quarter of the 2011 New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 200iso, f3.5, 1/3200th, Manual

Below, Dec. 17, 2011; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Temple Owls defensive lineman (93) Kamal Johnson celebrates a tackle against the Wyoming Cowboys in the 2011 New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 550mm, 500iso, f4, 1/5000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 17, 2011; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Temple Owls wide receiver (26) Joe Jones celebrates with his teammates following the game against the Wyoming Cowboys in the 2011 New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. Temple defeated Wyoming 37-15.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 320iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Dec. 18, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver (11) Mohamed Massaquoi makes a diving catch of a pass in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Nikon D700, 600mm, 4000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 18, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cleveland Browns running back (40) Peyton Hillis dives for yardage as he is tackled by Arizona Cardinals defensive end (93) Calais Campbell and safety (25) Kerry Rhodes in the third quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Nikon D700, 600mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 18, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback (19) John Skelton is pressured by the Cleveland Browns defense in the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Nikon D3S, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 18, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive lineman (79) Tony Pashos reaches for a fumbled ball in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Browns 20-17 in overtime.

Nikon D3S, 400mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Dec. 18, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cleveland Browns players head out onto the field in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Browns 20-17 in overtime.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual

Below Dec. 22, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Boise State Broncos head coach Chris Petersen is doused with gatorade by offensive lineman (55) Chuck Hayes in the closing seconds of the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the 2011 Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. Boise State defeated Arizona State 56-24.

Nikon D3S, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

That closes out my favorite football images of 2011. Up next in my best of series is my best NASCAR/Off Road Racing pics!

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