Bobby Wagner joined an elite group on Monday: The ‘athletes who have pounced on fans for invading the field’ club

Bobby Wagner joined an elite group on Monday: The ‘athletes who have pounced on fans for invading the field’ club

This happens more often than you may think, just not on Monday Night Football

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Several memorable plays were made during the San Francisco 49ers’ 24-9 victory against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday. There was Deebo Samuel’s back shoulder catch that he turned into a 50-plus yard touchdown, as well as Jeff Wilson Jr.’s touchdown run that first gave the 49ers the lead.

The 49ers not blocking Aaron Donald on one play was an error so bad that it was comical, unless your name is Jimmy Garoppolo. For him, it might have been terrifying. Then, of course, there was the Talanoa Hufanga interception that put the 49ers comfortably in the driver’s seat on their way to a victory.

However, the actual most memorable play was made by the Rams. One of those annoying moments when a fan made it onto the field happened on Monday, and security had trouble corralling the man. As he was making a fool of the Levi Stadium security staff, Bobby Wagner chose to be a good teammate, not just to the Rams, but to the NFL as a whole, by decleating the intruder. That move allowed security to quickly descend upon the man.

Unfortunately, fans make it from the stands into the playing area far too frequently. That’s one of the reasons why the public goes through metal detectors before entering the stadium. Usually, security eventually corrals the narcissistic fool that no one paid to see run, but sometimes the professional athletes take the show back by putting intruders in their place. Take a look at some other classic moments when athletes gave fans an up close and personal experience as to what it’s like between the lines.

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Stefon Diggs

Stefon Diggs

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That Kansas City Chiefs-Buffalo Bills playoff game in January was so good that most of you probably forgot that one of the best wide receivers in the NFL diverted his attention away from his role to level a knucklehead.

A man in a Travis Kelce jersey ran out onto the field and the Chiefs fans paused from their offensive faux Native American chants to actually cheer on this person. Diggs had no patience for this tom-foolery and side-swiped the loser No. 87, which allowed security to grab him and apply a guillotine hold.

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Mousa Dembélé

Mousa Dembélé

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At the old White Hart Lane, some internet pranksters decided that it would be funny to disrupt a match. It wasn’t just one person who invaded the pitch, there were three people who decided to try their best to ruin a sporting event.

When the third intruder made it to the playing surface, Dembélé was at his wit’s end. What he did can’t even be considered a tackle. It was more like a judo throw as used the prankster’s momentum against him to sling him to the ground. Dembélé, in a different life, may have been a cornerback.

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Matt Diaz

Matt Diaz

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This was not only a moment of selfless service to the greater good of the game, but also a teaching moment for young people. Throughout their lives, they are going to hear the phrase: work smarter, not harder.

Sometimes it’s not the best advice. To truly master a skill, there is no skating past the hours necessary to hone it. All other aspects of daily life, that’s a different story.

During an Atlanta Braves-Philadelphia Phillies matchup in 2010, a person dressed in a red version of what would become The Freeze’s costume at the Braves’ new home stadium, darted onto the field. Diaz was wearing baseball spikes, so trying to shuffle and tackle this person could’ve gone poorly. So instead, he just tripped the red-masked ninny, and walked away. Light work is sometimes the best work.

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Sam Kerr

Sam Kerr

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This guy was most certainly cruisin’ for a bruisin’. He got onto the pitch during a women’s Champions’ League match between Chelsea and Juventus, and tried to claim it as his own.

He didn’t run around at all — which begs the question as to why security’s response was so delayed — but he just walked around the field taking selfies as the crowd booed him. The man just mozied around the pitch in the middle of a match like he was admiring his front yard after he had trimmed the lawn.

Sam Kerr would not abide by this disrespect and decided to do her best to impose some manners on this jerk. While he was standing still, Kerr dropped her shoulder right into his chest. She knocked him right off his feet, and once his bruised male ego bounced up, security was there to stop him. A truly wonderful European football moment.

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Mike Curtis

Mike Curtis

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The Baltimore Colts. That franchise existed so long ago that the Colts left for Indianapolis on the Mayflower trucks before Michael Jordan’s first NBA game, and the Ravens played their first game in Charm City 12 days before Tupac was pronounced dead in Las Vegas.

While the old Colts’ are remembered most for the legendary victory against the New York Giants in the league’s first overtime game, another great moment was linebacker Mike Curtis giving an intrusive fan the business.

That was back in the days when it was a bonus if a middle linebacker could cover, but what teams mostly wanted out of that position was a mean SOB. The Colts had that in Mike Curtis, and that fan learned firsthand just how mean football players were in the 1960s when he got clubbed.

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James Harrison

James Harrison

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Once upon a time in Cleveland, a Browns fan drank so much that he decided to run onto the field during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He started to do jumping jacks and the home fans — who have been earning a reputation this season for being truly awful people — cheered this guy on.

For those who were raised correctly, you were surely taught that there are certain people on this planet who lack a sense of humor. Those are people you need to be careful around because while they are slow to laugh, they can be ready for confrontation at a moment’s notice.

One of those is former Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison. His Instagram page is still littered with weightlifting videos, and his teammates nicknamed him Deebo so you know he’s not about the foolishness.

That fan in Cleveland got introduced to Deebo up close and personal when Harrison literally folded the man. He suplexed him, physically tied up his arms, and had to be pried away. Sometimes the attention you seek isn’t the attention that you want.

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Jermaine O’Neal

Jermaine O’Neal

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Make your own judgments on who is at fault for Ben Wallace launching the then-Ron Artest — since known as Metta World Peace, Metta Sandiford-Artest, and The Pandas Friend across the court escalating into a brawl that spanned all corners of the biggest arena in the NBA at the time, but Jermaine O’Neal did nothing wrong.

Most of these other fans who stepped onto the playing surface did so at moments when there was a lull in the action. They didn’t jump on the field in the middle of a first down, off tackle play.

The fan that Jermaine O’Neal handled entered the court during an arena-wide brawl. Fights all over the place. The players were fighting fans in the stands, and some people got the great idea to walk in front of professional athletes at that time as their fight or flight adrenaline is redlining towards the former.

Artest gave one on the court a nice two-piece combo as treat, but O’Neal threw the whole chicken in one blow. That sliding punch he connected with was a doozy, and one of the indelible images from the wildest night in NBA history.

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