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Getting Run Over By Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, left, lifts the Vince Lombardi Trophy with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during a rally this afternoon in Seattle. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos on Sunday in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVIII game in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Joe Barrentine, a former SR colleague of mine, explains what it's like to get run over by Seattle QB Russell Wilson during the Super Bowl: You don't usually expect to meet Russell Wilson face to face in the heat of the Super Bowl. I did Sunday, and he knocked me on my butt. I wasn't hurt, and he even offered a hand to get me back on my feet. But my Facebook feed has been filled with "friends" wondering how it feels to be run over by a world champion quarterback (There's even a GIF of the whole five-second event.) So, in case you don't find yourself sitting an elbow away from me at a bar someday, here's how my brush with greatness came to be: I was helping photograph the game for The News Tribune and was kneeling near the 10-yard line with my camera, just behind the first-down marker/Joe Barrentine, Tacoma News-Tribune. More here. (AP file photo of QB Russell Wilson during the Super Bowl)

Question: Have you ever had an unexpected close encounter with a professional athlete?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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