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Arena Football League fan grabs player from stands

There are 10 points to the Arena Football League’s “Fans’ Bill of Rights.”

Here’s No. 6:

“We believe that every Fan is entitled to interact with and have access to players and coaches for autographs and conversation in recognition of their support at every game.”

One Jacksonville Sharks fan decided to omit a few words from that line when he grabbed the helmet of Georgia Force kickoff return man C.J. Johnson to prevent him from running back a kick during Monday’s American Conference championship game.

The fan, who was reportedly later removed from his seat, received several high fives from Sharks special teams players — probably for saving their legs.

Jacksonville won the game 64-55 to advance to Arena Bowl XXIV where they will meet the Arizona Rattlers on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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