Marco Rubio Nails Kid in Face with Football, Teaches Child Important Life Lesson

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterAugust 18, 2015

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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio was hot on the campaign trail in Iowa on Tuesday, converging on the state fair with other GOP presidential hopefuls for some good ol' shoe leather work among the constituents.

At some point, Rubio felt moved to throw some pigskin with the locals.

This was a good man-of-the-people move by Rubio, who parlayed the game of catch into a learning opportunity for a lucky child with more enthusiasm than hand-eye coordination.

Bloomberg (h/t CNN's Chris Moody) tweeted a video of the play. Seeing a child open over the middle, the junior state senator let fly and hit him square in the face.

US Senator Marco Rubio speaks at the Foreign Policy Initiative breakfast August 14, 2015 in New York. Rubio spoke about national security and foreign policy challenges facing the United States. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT        (Photo credit should read DON EMM
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And in much-needed GIF form, via Moody:

Bloomberg Politics @bpolitics

.@marcorubio goes long in Iowa... and... d'oh. Don't worry, the kid's okay! http://t.co/Ly9sThFm0T https://t.co/6NtUT5Eqhk

And in even-more-needed Pokemon GIF form, via the unmistakable Darth:

Chris Moody @moody

Marco Rubio hitting the kid in the face with the football is even better as a GIF http://t.co/FLpnHz0un0

Tough stuff, kid. But that's life

Footballs, like life, come at you fast. You can have your hands up, eyes on the prize and every fiber of your being trained on the spiral, and that thing can still smoke you right in the mouth in front of everyone.

And no one will congratulate you for that, because catching a football with your bicuspids is not catching a football with your hands.

Jerry Rice didn't get into the Hall of Fame by trying to catch passes and resting on his football participation laurels. He pulled himself up by his bootstraps and caught that ball.

Rice didn't settle for quarterback handoffs, and neither should you, young man.

Dan is on Twitter.  If he came home with a participation trophy, his parents would invite over friends and burn it publicly on the lawn.

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