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Rams photographer says she fractured her spine during Super Bowl parade while taking photo of Staffords


Photographer Kelly Smiley says she broke her spine after falling off a stage during the team’s Super Bowl parade.

The video shows Smiley preparing to take a shot when she falls backwards from the stage. Rams QB Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly see her fall, and Kelly leans towards her as Matthew appears to express surprise then immediately turns around.

Smiley is a photographer for the Rams and the NFL, according to his social media bio.

“Unfortunately fractured my spine today,” Smiley wrote on Instagram. She later wrote that she “felt great” and shared a GoFundMe for her treatment. Both the cameras were smashed in the fallshe said.

The Rams celebrated their Super Bowl title in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

In the Fox11 feed of the parade, Kelly Stafford can be seen giving Smiley a phone to pose for the photo, then Smiley falls backwards from the stage. Kelly goes to the edge of the stage to check on Smiley, Matthew turns around and drinks some water, and the stream ends ten seconds later.



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