Retired MLB player Randy Johnson now professional photographer

Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson has pursued his passion for photography since retiring from MLB after the 2009 season. The viral photo of him dates back to 2011.

After the 2009 season, Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Randy Johnson retired after 22 years pitching primarily for the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks. The 6’10” superstar was later inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and is famous for once accidentally killing a bird with a fastball.

But one Photo by Johnson recently went viral for very different reasons; It showed him at work as a professional photographer at an NFL game. In less than four hours, the original tweet, which claimed Johnson is now a professional photographer and works on NFL games, had garnered more than 75,000 likes. ESPN reposted the tweet on his own account, and the image also went viral on Reddit.


Is Retired Hall of Fame Baseball Player Randy Johnson a Professional Photographer Now?



This is true.

Yes, Randy Johnson, former Hall of Famer baseball player, is now a professional photographer. The viral photo is actually a picture of him working at an NFL game in 2011.


Randy Johnson’s passion for photography has been well documented since the superstar pitcher retired in 2009. He has his own portfolio website, she is mentioned on his Diamondbacks front office biography page, the MLB has written at least two separate articles about it, and the NFL has published its own article on Johnson’s second career career.

The NFL article was written specifically about Johnson’s work at a December 4, 2011 NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals. The viral photo was taken at this game by Associated Press and is still in their photo library. Other photos of Johnson working on this game were taken by United Press International (UPI) and Zuma Press. VERIFY was unable to find any examples of NFL games that Johnson did photographic work for, except for this 2011 game.

An old, defunct Tumblr account for Johnson’s photography also mentions that he has filmed for at least one NASCAR race and at least one NHRA drag racing event.

But the majority of his photography actually comes from outside the sports world. On his website, Johnson has galleries for his concert photography, travel photography, and wildlife photography. He has toured with bands such as Soundgarden as a band photographer and photographed at a metal festival for Rolling Stone. He has also made three United Service Organizations (USO) trips to shoot photographs of the US Armed Forces.

Johnson says on his website that he studied photojournalism at the University of Southern California from 1983 to 1985. His old Tumblr account bio adds that he took photos for the school newspaper Daily Trojan and a small rock ‘n’ roll magazine in Los Angeles while in college.

In an April 2022 interview, Johnson noted that “there wasn’t really much going on” when it came to his photography due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And if you’re wondering about the logo Johnson uses for his photographic work, it’s a dead bird – a reference to the one time a bird took a really unfortunate trajectory while Johnson was hitting the ground.

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