He may have been in the middle of a football game, but Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel was apparently ready for his close-up.
His helmet is off and he’s being thrown to the ground, yet McDaniel’s smiling eyes and effortless smirk have many wondering if he’s a model or just incredibly photogenic when he falls.
The model-material moment quickly became a viral meme as McDaniel was dubbed "the ridiculously photogenic football player."
“As far as I know, it’s a real photo,” McDaniel told TODAY from the Orange Room Friday. “I received it right after the game . To be completely honest, I found it a bit comical myself when I first saw it, (and I was) in a little bit of disbelief.”
But the moments may not be a rarity in his football career, at least that’s what he tweeted to Bleacher Report.
@BleacherReport Thanks Guys... Blue Steel is happening under the helmet every play... Glad I could share this once...
— Cam McDaniel (@cammcdaniel4) October 25, 2013
Unfortunately ladies, the man of steel is taken.
— Stephani Sterrett (@StephaniM33) October 25, 2013