Bobby Wagner details why he decided to tackle animal rights protestor
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Bobby Wagner explained one of the reasons why he tackled a protestor during Monday Night Football was because no one knew what he was carrying in his pocket. Just before the halftime of the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams game, a protestor stormed onto the field carrying a pink flare.
Security staff was having a hard time catching the protestor and that was when six-time All-Pro linebacker Wagner stepped up and made a tackle. The protestor was an animal right activist. “That’s not making a play.
That’s just keeping it safe. You don’t know what that fan got or what they’re doing. You see it all the time, and we don’t know what they’re carrying in their pockets. It’s whatever that little smoke stuff is, but that s— could be dangerous,” Wagner said, per ESPN.
“One of the guys on the other side, it looked like he got hurt, and security looked like he was struggling, so I was frustrated, so I took it out on him”.
49ers coach on Wagner's tackle
After the game was over, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan praised Wagner for the way he reacted.
"I saw Bobby Wagner take somebody out," 49ers coach Shanahan said. "That was kind of cool to see." Unfortunately for Wagner, the Rams didn't get a win on Monday Night Football. The 49ers' defense came up big as they limited the Rams' offense to just nine points.
After the 49ers claimed a 24-9 victory, star defensive end Nick Bosa hailed the 49ers' defense as the best in the NFL. "I think it's best in the league," Bosa said. "That's kind of our mindset every year, and this year we have the personnel to do it.
Not that we haven't in the past, but just all three levels are elite players." Meanwhile, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said he was confident his team's defense would step up when the game was on the line. "There was honestly a point, I think it was 14-9, and it's not that we relaxed on offense -- but you feel confident in the guys on defense," Garoppolo said.
"Those guys, I don't watch much of it, but the couple plays I do see, it's hell for the quarterback. I love having them on my side, hate going against them in practice, but it makes us better so it's a good group over there. They're tough."