NFL Photographer Hit Hard by Player Flying into Sideline

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During last week’s Thursday Night Football contest between the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos, photographer Matt Starkey took a brutal hit from Broncos’ safety Justin Simmons. Despite this, Starkey never let his camera touch the ground.

During the third quarter of the game, Simmons jumped headlong into the sideline while attempting to intercept a pass and collided into Starkey’s chest.

This camera guy won’t get his wind back until the third quarter

— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) October 22, 2021

As noted by Broncoswire, Twitter was abuzz with conversation about the incident with takes ranging from jokes at Starkey’s expense to one who noticed that he was willing to sacrifice his own wellbeing for the sake of his camera.

the camera never hits the ground 10/10 camera protection execution from @TheMattStarkey here

— kathryn riley (@k__h__r) October 22, 2021

That photog got SMOKED

— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) October 22, 2021

You can teeth but you’ll never take my equiiiipppppmmmmeeeennnntttt

— Simon Godfrey (@sgodfrey) October 22, 2021

ayooo photographer, you good?

— DraftKings (@DraftKings) October 22, 2021

This is Browns team photographer @TheMattStarkey. As a fellow Matt, I hope you’re OK, man.

— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) October 22, 2021

Not the shot he was planning on getting

— Brian Menefee (@BMANxCoS) October 22, 2021

that photographer just got nailed 😳 #TNF

— 𝕎𝕀𝕃𝕃 𝔹𝔼𝕃𝕃𝔸𝕄𝕐 (@WillBellamy360) October 22, 2021

Starkey captured a few outstanding photos from the game and a fellow photographer even captured one at the exact moment he took the crushing hit. In it, you can see that Starkey was holding two cameras, which made it near impossible for him to properly brace himself against the oncoming hit let alone react fast enough to avoid contact.

Brownies get the dub and @TheMattStarkey lives to tell the tale

— Ryan Kang (@rkangphoto) October 22, 2021

#TNF through the lens!

— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 23, 2021

Thankfully, Starkey reported in on Twitter after the game that he was ok and even got a photo with Simmons to prove there were no hard feelings.

All good 👍

— Matt Starkey (@TheMattStarkey) October 22, 2021

iron sharpens iron @jsimms1119

— Matt Starkey (@TheMattStarkey) October 22, 2021

Starkey was confirmed 100% and was seen at the Browns practice on Monday:

Can confirm @TheMattStarkey has returned to practice after taking a hard hit Thursday against the Broncos. #Browns

— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) October 25, 2021

American football players are heavily clad in protective gear which makes them physically harder and heavier when moving at speed. Against one another, injuries are already common, which makes the fact that Starkey and cameras emerged unscathed even more impressive.

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