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|| News Item: Posted 1998-12-13

By Robert Hanashiro

Excellent job by Ap/SF staffer Ben Margot and the San Francisco Examiner's John Storey in recording the terrible injury to 49er defensive end Bryant Young. Young suffered a compound fracture of the leg when teammate Ken Norton, Jr. accidentally rolled on it during a play. Margot's moving photo of head coach holding Young's hand as he lay on the field was displayed prominently in several papers, including the San Jose Mercury News.

The display in the Merc caught the attention of sports radio personality Gary Radnich who praised the image repeatedly to a beat writer from that paper who sheepishly had to point out that it was not a staff photo but from the Ap.

Storey's image showed Young grasping his injured leg, his face contorted in pain.

What these two photos of the same incident shows is the two sides of sport that are often overlooked by editors (and photographers): the pain and suffering of playing the game and the compassion between teammates.

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