MISSOULA — Robbie Patterson showed a lot of heart on the bench during the FCS quarter-finals in December, but his heart now goes beyond football.
So even though he was reminded why he loves football when he started the second half against James Madison in his first significant playing time since 2018, he stuck to his decision not to try again. to be Montana’s quarterback.
He already knew that higher education was not for him, even if it meant a chance to play more football afterwards. 2019 was wiped out by injury and 2020 was canceled by the pandemic, so he focused on life after football.
Patterson decided to pursue video, which has been his longtime hobby. He was a videography intern for UM’s athletic department this semester and may have found his future career.
“I’m super glad I did it,” he said, “because I probably never really would have tapped into this passion that I kind of discovered.”
Patterson was still absent from spring football training last week. Instead of taking snaps and making throws, he was filming those passes and catches and the play in the trenches. He then created the two highlight videos shared on the football team’s Twitter account last week.
UM coach Bobby Hauck supported Patterson’s decision and is ready to help him find opportunities. Patterson might even get the chance to help out with videos that show rookies what Griz football is all about.
“Firstly, I think it will be beneficial for his future career to gain experience,” Griz’s longtime coach said. “And second, he’s a good guy.”
Patterson is in a learning phase because he’s never done serious videography with expensive equipment. He knows the ins and outs of football, which helps him understand where the ball is going and where the action will be, which helps him get quality footage.
He worked with Austin Valley, UM’s creative director for video production, to learn the finer points of filming and editing. He began by filming UM basketball games during the winter, cutting clips to create highlight videos, and categorizing and filing footage for later use.
“What impresses me about Robbie is his desire to learn,” said UM sports news director Eric Taber. “He took the initiative, he came to us and said, ‘Hey, this is something that I really like doing and something that I want to learn more about and something that I want to consider as a career.’
“When someone shows that much enthusiasm for what they want to do, when they have a clear idea of what they want to do and they show enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, that’s much more fun for us in our department.”
Patterson has long been interested in video as a creative outlet, watching YouTube creators and using his iPhone to film vacations with family or friends. He would then use the iMovie app to create a short film about their road trips and now uses the more powerful Adobe software suite at UM.
He sought to go from amateur to pro by interviewing Taber in the fall about opportunities at UM. Patterson interviewed after the season and landed one of 15 student internship spots in the sports information and marketing department.
“I’ve always loved capturing moments and memories,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to do something creative. I think it’s a really good way to use that creativity and it gives you a lot of options.
Patterson has a job slated for this summer in his hometown of Medford, Ore., for the Medford Rogues, a wooden summer collegiate baseball team, he said. He will have the opportunity to put what he learns on video into practice by helping to create content for the team website and social media feeds.
It’s not quite a job in management and entrepreneurship, which is the degree he’ll be graduating in May, but he’ll be doing something he can put his heart into. This is the most important thing because he regularly gets advice to do something he loves because it will never look like a job.
“I never wake up thinking, ‘Oh fuck, I don’t want to do this today,'” he said. “Every day I wake up and I’m like, ‘Oh, yeah, I can go film stuff or hang out and edit stuff or learn new stuff.’ I really appreciate that.