Joshua Adams: Four Year Football Filmer

Senior night spotlight on longest-tenured member of the varsity football team


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Senior Joshua Adams has been on the varsity football team all four years of high school.

While many athletes make varsity their junior or senior year and a few exceptional ones make it their sophomore year, senior Joshua Adams has been on the team all four years. However, Adams won’t be found on the field or even on the sidelines. Adams can be found standing perched atop the press box and looking down through a camcorder. 


Adams is the official filmer for the McNeil football team. While other filmers have come and gone, Adams has stood the test of time. Adams has endured a coaching staff change and a pandemic, all while never missing a game. Adams once had to miss a UT football game because the game against Round Rock got rescheduled due to lightning his sophomore year. Adams credits his love of football for why he has stuck with it.  


“I think to be a filmer, you have to definitely appreciate the game of football,” Adams said. 

However, Adams’ filming career may have never happened if it weren’t for Pearson Ranch middle school football coach Fred Reyna.


“I really didn’t even pursue being a filmer, “ Adams said. “I was approached by my middle school coach, Fred Reyna, and he told me about the opportunity.


Whether it was by fate or happenstance, it’s safe to say that Adams has embraced the opportunity.


During the football season, Adams typically gets to school around 8:30 and films practice for an hour to ninety minutes, Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday, Adams may film a freshman or junior varsity game and on Fridays, Adams films the varsity games.


“So, you’re probably looking at about 10-11 hours a week during the football season,” Adams said. “It’s actually on the lighter side compared to other activities I could be participating in.”


While Adams’ high school football career wrapped up with Senior Night this past Friday against Westwood at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, Adams believes this chapter of his life has run its course.


“I didn’t feel bittersweet,” Adams said. “I was able to enjoy Senior Night fully and liked not having to worry about the future.” After graduating from high school, Adams plans on attending the University of Kansas and majoring in Sports Management and potentially film for the football team.

If you’re interested in filming for the football team in the future, please contact Coach Hall.