Cam McDaniel: who is the 'most handsome man' on the internet?
Photographed crashing through a tackle, college footballer's 'Blue Steel' moment goes viral
HALFWAY through a match against USC, something odd happened to American college footballer Cam McDaniel: he became "The Most Handsome man on the Internet".
A photograph of the 25-year-old Notre Dame running back taken at the 19 October match shows him "floating serenely" above a tangled scrum of USC players. But it's not his running technique that has captivated the world. The picture has gone viral because McDaniel – who lost his helmet in the melee – has a "chiselled jaw and smouldering stare more suited to plugging designer aftershave," says the Daily Mail.
By rights, McDaniel, who has the ball clasped to his chest and is pounding towards the end zone, ought to be resemble a man with his face pressed against a leaf blower. But he doesn't. He wears a "serene smile" that sets off his "tousled hair", says the Mail. He is, in short, "impossibly photogenic".
Millions of internet users who had previously taken absolutely no interest in American college football, suddenly sat up and paid attention.
Cam McDaniel, you are so beautiful. (Mid tackle) pic.twitter.com/UGmmuFdtqs
— Mady Bolster (@Madywrotethis) October 25, 2013
As the picture flashed around the world, Yahoo Sports declared that McDaniel had eclipsed 25-year-old Zeddie Little, whose photograph became the Ridiculously Photogenic Guy meme last year. While Little was simply taking part in a fun run when he seduced the camera, McDaniel was "taking heavy hits and churning his legs to power him over the line," says The Australian.
"His [McDaniel's] face should be contorted; eyes popping out of his head, gritting his teeth, every vein and sinew of his face stretched beyond their limit, sweating and hideous," the paper says. "Instead, he looks like this - smouldering and smizing (smiling with his eyes), cool and unaffected, like a movie star or a model pulling a Blue Steel face."
Have you fallen in love yet with Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel? You're welcome, ladies: http://t.co/HkYXoVLShW
— Tim Rogers (@timmytyper) October 24, 2013
McDaniel appears to be enjoying his "moment". He's been invited onto the NBC Today programme to discuss the picture and the number of people following him on Twitter has rocketed to more than 6,000.
@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, there's bad news for those hoping for some "Cam Time", reports Zimbio. He is engaged to a "gorgeous blonde" named Stephani Sterrett and his Facebook page is full of pictures of them together.
"The guy is already on his way to the altar," says Zimbio. "Sorry, gals."
Cam McDaniel is engaged? Fiancée: it's a speed bump, not a stop sign.
— Arexa W (@a_wilson_) October 24, 2013