Keagan Jordan, a redshirt freshman for the Kennesaw State University football team, went on his first plane ride over the weekend.
The bad news: It didn’t go very well. Jordan panicked when the plane took off — and he appeared to pass out.
More bad news: His teammates filmed his freak-out and posted it to Twitter, where it’s been retweeted more than 4,300 times and earned more than 7,000 likes.
Jordan wasn’t the only one on board who might have been feeling jittery. That plane ride to the team’s game against Duquesne in Pittsburgh was the first flight in team history, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The football program at the Georgia university is only two years old.
“There were about 40 on the team that had never flown before, so that was the first experience for a lot of guys,” Mike DeGeorge, the university’s sports spokesman, told the Atlanta paper.
But no one’s panic was as obvious as Jordan’s, who was filmed by teammate Xavier Harper.
The 6-foot, 223-pound player clutched his chest and grabbed the seat in front of him.
“Oh! Oh! Oh my God! We ain’t gone make it!” he yelled in panic.
Then his head dropped to one side.
“He passed out! He passed out!” his teammates yelled, as they laughed.
“I honestly thought he was faking at first but he doesn’t move for more than ten seconds, so it must have been real,” wrote an SB Nation writer.
The panic was quite real, so real that Jordan’s mother called him after she saw the video to check on him.
Jordan told the Journal-Constitution that’s he’s been overwhelmed by all the attention. The university used it as a learning experience about the power of social media and to remind its student athletes that anything caught on camera can be made public.
Maybe the team will skip its next plane ride to Monmouth next month and take the bus.