Last week, we wrote about helmet cameras in football and why they are inevitable, mostly because of the completely awesome and sometimes terrifying views they give us of what it’s really like to be a professional football player. Patrick Peterson, the Arizona Cardinals cornerback and return specialist, has furthered the helmet cam argument by posting some particularly cool GoPro footage to his Instagram page, footage that we’ve watched over and over again.
Peterson attempts to catch six punts in a row without dropping a single ball. He grabs four before dropping the fifth, then gets all six on the second try, but that’s not even the best part of the video. Seeing what Peterson sees at eye level as he waits for a punt is infinitely scarier and more pressure-filled than we’d ever imagined. The vast stadium surrounding you, the velocity at which the football is speeding toward you, the constant fear that the moment you catch the ball you’ll be trucked into oblivion. It’s all there, and Peterson’s POV lets us feel exactly what he’s feeling, even if it’s just in practice.
Anyway, helmet cameras today, helmet cameras tomorrow and helmet cameras forever