Cam McDaniel #33 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish gets tackeld after losing his helmet against the University of Southern California Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium on October 19, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated USC 14-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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