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The Cam McDaniel Phenomenon

Oct 25, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

As many of you know, Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel has been in the forefront of national and international news for his rather telegenic photo during the USC football game this past Saturday.

I caught up with the photographer of the picture, Jonathan Daniel of Getty Images, and here are his thoughts on the photo:

It’s been fun to see this picture go viral; obviously I never thought for a second that it would.

My first reaction after shooting it and looking at it on the back of my camera was that I didn’t actually get his helmet coming off in the frame, which is what I would have preferred.

When I was editing and transmitting, I thought it was still an unusual photo because he seems so calm while getting tackled.

At Getty Images/Sport, we’re always encouraged to shoot and transmit different looks than what you normally see. This obviously was one of those moments.

source: Getty ImagesAfter a plethora of media requests, Cam accepted an offer to go on NBC’s Today Show this morning. He was on for about three minutes at around 7:45 A.M. (ET).

I woke up to cover the craziness…

NBC TODAY Show Interview

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My Tweets During The Interview

If you don’t remember the play that Cam’s helmet during, we found the video for you. (Thanks to Alex West at our Fighting Irish Digital Media department for helping find the time stamp)…

Cam was also previewed on CNN on their “New Day Midday” broadcast.

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