The fan who ran onto the field at Arrowhead Stadium during the Chiefs-Bills divisional-round game on Sunday was motivated to do so by a $1,000 challenge from his friend.
And, as is often the case with dumb ideas, the entire process, from drunk idea to enactment, to Stefon Diggs tackling it, was captured on TikTok.
A TikTok video from user “trentsdreamco” shows how the whole process unfolded. A person behind the camera goads his friend into running across the field with the promise of $1,000. The latter then weighs the pros and cons, “getting arrested and spending the night in the drunk tank,” before the video cuts to him running across the field. A video caption reads, “I wouldn’t think I would actually do it.”
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The question now is whether or not the $1,000 your friend may have received is worth the punishment (other than being tackled by an NFL player and then manhandled by stadium security). Getting arrested is certainly part of the equation, but he could also face possible sanction from the Chiefs, including revocation of season tickets or a complete ban from future games.
However, not everything was bad. The Chiefs finally held off the Bills in a wild finish that included five touchdowns in the final two minutes of regulation and overtime. Kansas City will now make its fourth straight appearance in the AFC championship game, with its sights set on another Super Bowl berth. The game is already being considered among the best playoff games of all time, if not the best.
If only the fan were in the stands to witness it.