Absurdly Photogenic NCAA Football Player Says Viral Glam Shot Wasn’t Staged


Hey, sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right, sexylicious time. That’s about the extent of the explanation Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel gave for a ridiculously attractive viral shot of him from last week’s USC game that looks more like an Old Spice ad than a candid sports moment.

McDaniel appeared on NBC’s Today show Friday mainly to discuss the photo, which was snapped by Getty Images’ Jonathan Daniel. It shows a helmetless McDaniel staring into the camera with a perfect half-smile and enough charm to make the image a viral sensation.

And inspire a slew of social media memes, such as:

  • “This pic of Cam McDaniel is like Jesus riding a Harley thru a ring of fire.”
  • “Guy trying to tackle him … just wanted to touch him.”
  • “Takes quarterback’s handoff … and his heart.”

McDaniel told the Today crew the photo was legit. “Was this staged?” he asked rhetorically “As far as I know, it’s a real photo.” The running back also noted (as, we imagine, he has had to do many times this past week) that he’s happily engaged.

For the record, McDaniel also played pretty good football against USC — 18 carries for 92 yards rushing. And that’s not counting the difficulty multiplier for maintaining perfect hair.

(via USA Today and The Los Angeles Times)

Image credit: Photograph by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

  • mac muffin

    well we play rugby… we don´t need not g*y helmets in scotland.
    only these weak girlish americans need helmets and such other crayz protections.

  • Fullstop

    What is it with Rugby players always pounding their chest about not wearing protection? Insecure much?


    I don’t get this story. The guys is handsome, but why is this a news?

  • Woody ONeal

    Glad the Today Show added Carson Daley. It’s a legit news outlet now.

  • pete n pete

    Because if they played a BBC broadcast in place of the Today show, it’d take most viewers an hour to find all the places mentioned on a map. But, hey, pretty people!!

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    ruby is way crazier, that scrum… no helmets and cleats everywhere… they just learn to tackle properly

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    I would like to see rugby guys take a tackle from a 400lb, or 28.571428571 stones, man at about 23mph or 37kl.

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    Football also hits much faster: here’s the science
    youtube dot com /watch?v=W7tGY-VDx3o

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    try a sport that takes two balls, ride a dirt bike!

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    Well, that would explain why there’s so many unwanted and unplanned kids in Scotland.

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