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Rams Linebacker Bobby Wagner Flattens Protester Streaking Field During NFL Game

Santa Clara, CA – The most legendary hit of the Los Angeles Rams’ game against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night came when a Rams linebacker flattened a protester who streaked onto the field late in the second quarter streaming pink smoke.

There was less than a minute left in the second quarter of the game between two of the National Football League’s (NFL) bitter rivals on Oct. 3 when a protester jumped onto the field, the Associated Press reported.

Videos filmed from all over the stadium showed stadium security chasing a man in a pink shirt and blue shorts who was carrying a stick streaming pink smoke across the field.

One of the security guards chasing him appeared to slip and fall and become injured during the foot chase, the Associated Press reported.

The smoke-streaming protester ran towards the Rams’ sidelines with the other security guard right behind him.

Video showed Rams linebacker Takkarist McKinley stepped toward the protester before his teammate, Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner, stepped off the sidelines and flattened the fleeing man.

“I just saw someone running on the field,” Wagner told reporters afterwards. “It looked like he wasn’t supposed to be on the field so I saw security was having a problem, so I helped them out.”

After Wagner flattened him, security was able to detain the man and he was removed from the field and arrested.

The stadium said it wasn’t the first attempt by a protester to get onto the field that night, the Associated Press reported.

Security had stopped a man with a similar smoke device earlier in the evening and ejected him from the stadium before he could streak the field.

Coaches and fans applauded Wagner’s quick thinking, the Associated Press reported.

“I saw Bobby Wagner taking somebody out,” San Francisco 49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I thought that was kind of cool to see.”

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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