Saturday, January 7, 2012

Fan Steals Ball From Brett Favre - Bengals and Packers

On October 30, 2005, the Bengals faced Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won the game but that isn't what is remembered. Favre threw five interceptions but that isn't what is remembered either.
What folks remember is the fan who ran out onto the field and stole the ball from Brett Favre during the game's final drive. With 23 seconds to go, the fan got onto the field. He made his way to the Packers quarterback. When he got there, he took the ball from Favre who was trying to lead his team to a  game-tying score. Check it out:
The fan made his entry with 28 seconds remaining and Green Bay at the Bengals' 28-yard line while trailing 21-14. As Favre dropped back to pass, game officials blew the play dead. The fan took the ball from Favre's right hand and sprinted towards the end zone before being tackled by security personnel.
"I turned around to look and he took the ball out of my hand," Favre said. "I wasn't scared of him. Believe me."

First Down According to Packers Receiver Andrae Thurman (# 81)

Unnecessary roughness

Look at me, everybody!!!!

This act of stupidity did help the Bengals. After the game, Bengal's linebacker Brian Simmons said this:

"They were in a hurry-up, and that did slow it down and give us a chance to huddle, and we kind of came together as a defense," Simmons said. "But you don't want to see that because somebody could get hurt."
The Packers went on to a forgettable 4-12 season. The Bengals made the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.

"I won't blame the game on that fan," Packers coach Mike Sherman said. "We had our chances and we didn't take advantage of them."
The man was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct while intoxicated, an officer at the Hamilton County Justice Center told The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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