- The 27-year-old cornerback showed off some athleticism in the second half
- He was a doubt ahead of the Super Bowl after missing media duties on Monday
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Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed showed off his athleticism in the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers when he hurdled over a photographer during a play, as he narrowly avoided a serious injury.
The 27-year-old and Niners wide receiver Deebo Samuel were both going for the ball in the second half, before emerging out of bounce and close to on-field professional photographers.
But, as they were slowing down, Sneed saw a photographer wearing a lime safety jacket in his way, prompting him to jump over the individual rather than go by or crash into him.
Fans were amazed by the replay, with many calling it the ‘hurdle of the game.’
‘That was really close,’ a user on X, formerly Twitter, shared.
L’Jarius Sneed hurdled over the photographer while going for the ball against Deebo Samuel
Instead of trying to avoid the photographer altogether, Sneed leaped over him, showing off his athleticism
‘Most amazing play of the game,’ another joked, as neither team has scored more than a touchdown in Sunday’s game, with the game tied at 19 apiece heading into extra time.
‘I thought L’Jarius Sneed punching the ball out at the goal line against the Ravens was peak performance but avoiding nailing this poor camera man in the head might top it,’ tweeted a fan.
‘This is kind of insane haha,’ another individual wrote on X.
Sneed was a major doubt heading into the Super Bowl after missing the game’s opening night media responsibilities for what head coach Andy Reid labeled as ‘personal reasons.’
Sneed was a doubt for the Super Bowl after his girlfriend gave birth to the couple’s first child
In photos posted on Instagram by Bella Wu, Sneed’s girlfriend, the couple appeared to be at a Kansas City hospital for the delivery of Sneed’s second child. Sneed is the father of a sixth-year-old son from a previous relationship.
Reid said during the playoffs, pointing particularly to Sneed’s shutdown showing against Dolphins All-Pro Tyreek Hill, that there wasn’t an NFL cornerback playing at his level in 2023.
‘You saw, one catch (Hill) had,’ Reid said. ‘You don’t see Tyreek get knocked down very often, but Sneed did that. I have a hard time believing there’s another corner as good as him in this league.’
Sneed, 27, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March and is considered a strong candidate for the franchise tag.