South Florida was well-represented on the teams that took the field in Sunday’s Super Bowl but, as often seems to be the case, one South Floridian took things too far and exposed himself to legal trouble.
Yuri Andrade, a 31-year-old Boca Raton resident, was identified by police as the man who ran onto the field in the fourth quarter of the game clad in a pink onesie and a pair of black shorts.
The stunt, reportedly a prank meant to promote a pornographic website, landed the suspect in handcuffs as he was led off the field.
There was 5:03 remaining in the game and Kansas City was trailing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-9. It was second down.
Both teams had broken the huddle and were lining up at the line of scrimmage. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was about to get under center and begin the play but backed away when he spotted a man run onto the field.
Eventually, multiple players turned and watch the man run downfield waving his arms in the air. He started at the rear of the Tampa Bay defense, somewhere around the 50-yard line, ran through the secondary, then made his way to the line of scrimmage and past Kansas City’s stunned offensive players.
At one point he appeared to partially lower the back of his shorts.
Radio announcer Kevin Harlan’s humorous call of the incident for Westwood One Sports has been well-received, including the part during which he declares, “...and now he’s not being chased, he’s running down the middle...the 40. Arms in the air in a victory salute. He’s pulling down his pants! Put up your pants, my man! Pull up those pants!”
Players are advised not to engage with spectators who run onto the field, but to allow stadium security to handle things. TV networks began turning away from such antics a couple of decades ago in an effort to reduce the publicity and ensuing incentive for others, and that’s what CBS did during this episode.
The man ran around the field a bit, evaded a tackle from a security guard around the 30-yard line, then slid to a stop near the 1-yard line.
At that point, eight or 10 police and security guards surrounded him and pounced on him before leading him off the field.
Andrade was charged with a misdemeanor by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s department.