Woman Hit In The Face With A Football In Front Of 87,000 People Handles It Like A Total Boss

​Let this be a lesson to us all

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Being hit in the face with a ball is a rite of passage that comes to us all at some point in our lives. 

If you're lucky it's during a game with just a handful of close friends nearby. If you're unlucky it's during a PE lesson in front of a bigger audience, including some you have a crush on.

And if you're really, really unlucky it's during a football match in a ground full of 87,000 people, aired live on television and then posted on the internet and shared around the world.

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Which is exactly the fate that befell photographer Ashley Ward at a game between Auburn Tigers and Louisiana State in Alabama this week.

Attempting to catch the opening kick of the game – a feat that would have earned her a small but significant moment of glory – the ball instead slipped through her fingers and into her unguarded human face, sending her flat on the ground.

As always when these things happen, there was a moment when everyone suspended their laughter just in case Ashley had, y'know, been killed by a football.

But thankfully she was back on her feet and laughing in no time: the perfect response to any and every ball-in-the-face incident.

"I didn't feel it at all," she told ESPNU afterwards.

"I really think that the embarrassment was probably setting in and I don't remember feeling anything."

Next time it happens to you, remember to style it out like Ashley Ward.