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Heads up! Reporter takes football to the face on NFL pregame show

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So you think the life of an NFL journalist is all free tickets and sumptuous pressroom buffets, do ya? Well, it is, but every so often you've got to deal with the unexpected ... like a football to the face while you're on live TV.

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The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was in the midst of discussing Sunday night's Packers-Texans matchup when an errant (perhaps...) throw tagged him full in the face. That's funny in itself, but the way Rapoport handles himself after getting that surprise is professionalism at best. Oh, sure, it would've made a much better video if he'd lost his mind and cursed out whichever backup quarterback lost control of his tosses, or if his nose slowly started bleeding while he discussed Aaron Rodgers, but hey, we take what we can get.

This is Rapoport's first season with the NFL Network, and the way he handled himself needs to be part of his next contract negotiation package. Well done, sir.

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