(This article was originally published on January 27, 2014)
An Albuquerque woman pulled a stunt on national TV that could have gotten her arrested after she jumped the wall and onto the field during the 2014 Pro Bowl, but some big names in the game are backing her.
That bikini-clad fan, draped in a New Mexico flag, was Albuquerque native Katrina Torres.
Torres said after a touchdown pass distracted security, she jumped into action and onto the field of the 2014 Pro Bowl.
“I said, ‘This is my chance, this is my chance,’ and so I just jumped that wall and once I was on that field, I knew they weren’t going to catch me for a while,” Torres said.
Torres said underneath the bright yellow state flag was a message “I did it 4 Gary.”
“I knew that I might get into trouble. I knew that there might be some consequences. But I did it for him,” Torres said.
Gary is Katrina’s 19-year-old cousin. He was badly injured in a 2012 motorcycle crash and can’t walk or talk. Torres said his dream was to go to a Pro Bowl with her.
“Being that he couldn’t go with me, you know, to a game and walk into a stadium with me how we wanted to do it; I made a promise to him that I was gonna go into that game, run across the field with his name across my back,” Torres said.
Back in Albuquerque, Gary was watching with his mom Melissa Esquibel. She said Gary was grinning from ear to ear. He gave his cousin a thumbs up and even raised the roof.
“They say that it was the highlight of the game and for us, it really was,” Esquibel said.
Only about 6 seconds of her run made it on TV. Since then, more videos have surfaced.
One video shows Torres’ mad dash to mid-field where she nearly clashed with two football players and then shoulder bumped two other players. As she was escorted off the field, she said players gave her high-fives and coaches were left smiling at her stunt.
It wasn’t until after her wild run that everyone found out what this was all about. But Gary knew long before that.
“Send him my love all the way from over here,” Torres said.
Torres said after Deion Sanders found out why she pulled such a crazy stunt, he told Hawaii police if she was arrested he would post her bail.
Luckily, she wasn’t arrested.
Torres is a Cibola High graduate. She’s currently living in Hawaii where the Pro Bowl was played.