Video of Rams’ Bobby Wagner Tackling Fan Viewed Over 6 Million Times

Los Angeles Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner produced the “hit of the game” to lay out a streaker during the Monday Night Football game against San Francisco 49ers.

Video of the hit has gone viral on social media, with more than 6 million views across the clips that been shared on various platforms, in which his teammate Takk McKinley also had a piece of the action in bringing down the streaker.

The incident wasn’t shown by the ESPN cameras covering the game but after Peyton Manning and brother Eli Manning began speaking about it, a replay of the takedown was shown, much to the delight of the pair.

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Los Angeles linebacker Bobby Wagner tackled a fan who had run out onto the field as his team played San Francisco 49ers.
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The former quarterbacks, commentating in their ‘Manningcast’ began bringing viewers attention to the streaker while the cameras stayed on the players as they stood up before the snap could take place.

Peyton said as he described the action: “We have a visitor on the field.… I don’t know if he is naked right now but I think at some point he had no clothes on.

“He ran a post route right across the 50, and a security guard took him out. A nice hit though, a nice legal hit.”

After originally being told that they could not show the clip, Peyton and Eli were delighted when it came on and there was much delight in the studio as they saw Wagner take down the streaker, with assistance from McKinley and a security guard.

Peyton smiled as he cried out: “That’s what we’re talking about! Wagner! A veteran … Get him down, get out, and let these guys [the security] take over.”

Eli was not impressed with the streaker’s attire and the fact that he was fully clothed and not naked as previously proclaimed.

He added: “Amateur hour there. If you’re gonna streak, you gotta go full-throttle and go nude, right? I mean, what is this?”

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Bobby Wagner lining up for Los Angeles Rams. A video of him laying out a streaker has had more than 6 million views
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The invader was identified as Alex Taylor, an animal rights activist with the group Direct Action Everywhere.

He was protesting to draw attention to the trial of two of the group’s members in Utah, where they have been accused of stealing pigs.

Taylor stopped the game temporarily as he rushed onto the field holding a pink flare, with members of the security in his wake.

With Taylor looking like he was going to show the security a clean pair of heels and make an escape, Wagner and McKinley stepped in to bring the chase to a sudden halt, sending the crowd into raptures.

Taylor was apparently not meant to be alone in his protest, but his accomplice, Allison Fluty, was reportedly taken down by security before she could enter the field of play.

Direct Action Everywhere were delighted how much exposure the incident has given them and they told Newsweek: “We’re very happy with the outcome of the demonstration.

“Sensational content like a protester getting tackled by an all-pro NFL linebacker, draws lots of attention. While plenty of that attention is pretty superficial, plenty more is not.

“We saw the biggest spike ever to our website, where the public can hear about an unconscionably unjust reality.

“Ordinary people don’t want animals to suffer, and don’t want whistleblowers who rescue sick piglets to go to prison, so they overwhelmingly support Paul and Wayne.”

The animal activists added that they felt that the tackle made by the linebacker was inappropriate in its ferocity.

They continued: “Bobby Wagner’s tackle seemed pretty excessive, considering the protester is so much smaller than him, clearly posing no threat to anybody.”

Direct Action Everywhere tweeted about the protest and said that the pair were “a bit beaten up but in good spirits.”

It comes as no surprise that there was plenty of reaction on social media to the protest, with not many having much sympathy for the delay in the game.

One viewer alluded to the pink flare being a code for the gender of an unborn baby, tweeting: “If this was a gender reveal, Bobby Wagner is now the child’s father. Sorry I don’t make the rules.”

Another hit the protesters with their thoughts, tweeting: “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.”

After the game, Wagner spoke about the incident and said that he stepped in as he saw that “security were having a little problem.”

Speaking to the press, he said: “I saw someone running on the field and he wasn’t supposed to be on the field. So security was having a problem, so I helped them out.”

A tackle from a fully kitted out linebacker is almost certainly a surefire way to take out a streaker in T-shirt and pants.

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