A 2006 Carroll graduate, Casey Phillips labored her manner by the journalism trade starting with internships with the Dallas Mavericks and Fox Sports activities Southwest. Going from Dallas to Washington, D.C. to Tampa, the place she works now, Casey presently acts as a reporter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And when the workforce went to the Tremendous Bowl on February 7, Casey was there to expertise the journey from the sidelines.
I WENT TO… the College of Missouri for each my undergrad in radio/tv journalism, and my grasp’s in broadcast administration.
I HAD INTERNSHIPS… in highschool with Fox Sports activities Southwest and the Dallas Mavericks, then, in faculty, I did internships once more with Fox Sports activities Southwest plus two completely different internships with the Cowboys and two with CBS KTVT in Dallas. Then proper out of faculty, I did a full time graduate intern program with Walt Disney World in Orlando of their sports activities PR division. After which I went on to work for the Washington Wizards and Mystics in D.C., then the St Louis Rams after which onto the Bucs.
I KNEW I WANTED TO DO BROADCASTING… within the sixth grade after working at Durham Intermediate faculty’s information program run by college students. However I noticed I needed to do sports activities in highschool when my broadcast instructor Ms. Rose bought me the chance to interview for the Mavericks and Fox Sports activities Southwest internships.
BILL JONES… who has labored for Fox Sports activities Southwest, CBS and the Cowboys, was additionally such a giant affect on me and mentor for me serving to me by all these internships. I met him in highschool after enjoying basketball at Carroll along with his daughter.
IT HAS BEEN SUCH… a whirlwind and unbelievable however bizarre expertise. We signed Brady proper after going into COVID lockdown so we have been in the course of determining tips on how to even do our jobs from house when one of many greatest tales of this franchise’s historical past dropped in our laps. We needed to create a Skype account to get my first interview with him on the day he signed. I nonetheless to at the present time haven’t met him in particular person regardless that we’ve completed a number of interviews.
IT WAS SO AMAZING… to look at our group get a lot extra nationwide consideration. I cherished that for the gamers who’ve all the time been extremely gifted and nice guys however don’t all the time get the nationwide recognition since we’re a smaller market workforce and hadn’t had quite a lot of success lately.
GOING TO A SUPER BOWL… is a bucket checklist merchandise for thus many individuals. Attending to cowl a Tremendous Bowl is a dream come true. Attending to cowl my workforce I do know and love within the Tremendous Bowl in our personal stadium as the primary workforce to ever try this? I feel priceless could be the phrase. I thought of 12-year-old Casey anchoring the information of the lunch menu again in Southlake and what she would have thought seeing me doing a stay present from the Tremendous Bowl.
WITHOUT ME DOING… the in-stadium saying, plus COVID guidelines not permitting me within the locker room post-game, really made it a a lot simpler sport for me to cowl than regular. However then the parade was put collectively in lower than 24 hours, and I used to be on a gathering with coworkers at 10 p.m. the night time earlier than studying I might be emceeing the post-parade speeches. That changed into an unbelievable however hectic expertise.
THERE WERE DEFINITELY MORE… Bucs followers than Chiefs followers there with the sport being in Tampa, so it was a whole social gathering the second the clock hit zero. The confetti was so wonderful to expertise in particular person and getting to look at the gamers and coaches with their households on the sphere was simply so particular. I began to tear up a bit understanding how a lot laborious work goes into it and the way a lot all of them sacrifice simply attempting to get to that second.
IN NORMAL OFFSEASONS… I cowl the Professional Bowl, the Mix, free company, the draft, in-depth participant options and offseason exercises. So my schedule is much less hectic than through the common season however it’s nonetheless a full-time job. There may be nonetheless a lot up within the air about this offseason with COVID, for instance [so] it doesn’t seem to be there might be a mix. And we don’t know if the draft might be digital once more or not. However it doesn’t matter what does or doesn’t occur, I’ll nonetheless be overlaying it, both from zoom or in particular person.
SOUTHLAKE PLAYED… such a giant position in getting me to the place I’m each with the alternatives to play sports activities, seeing the enjoyment in being a fan of sports activities like going to look at the soccer workforce within the state championships in San Antonio, as a member of Crew and the assets to have faculty broadcast courses/stations. And even the folks like Invoice Jones and Ms. Rose who inspired me and went out of their manner to assist me get internships at such a younger age put me to this point forward of the sport. I wouldn’t be the place I’m now with out the alternatives Southlake gave me.