For their trip to London, the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were treated to the finest of British traditions, from cricket to high teas to shirtless fools running around Wembley Stadium to the delight of the assembled crowd.
While the Bears prepared to return a Bucs kickoff, the man ran on the field and sprinted toward the end zone, arms aloft like an airplane and stopping for the occasional high five with a player. Security personnel at Wembley were as ineffective in stopping the man as the Bucs defense was in stopping Matt Forte; he evaded tackles for a solid 30 seconds before he was surrounded by men in suits, who tackled him. (First problem with security: They are men in suits. This only works if you're a Secret Service agent.)
"That was exciting,'' said D.J. Moore, who made the game-saving interception late in the fourth quarter. "The guys facing him we're kind of slow — most times you see it on TV and the guys are real good at tackling, and these guys, they were bad."
Did Moore have any thought to tackle the man himself, like we've seen various NFL players, including James Harrison, do to various intruders.
"No!'' he told Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times. "I thought he was going to take his pants off and everything.''
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers