Extra balls found on football field
The stage was set. The sun had washed away the rain from days before, and members of the armed services accompanied the always faithful Purple and Gold, on this special occasion. All the while, ECU cheered full force to try and give the fighting Pirates an edge over conference foe USM.
But anyone that attended the Military Appreciation Day game left the stadium not thinking about how ECU was now three and two in Conference USA, or how they might respond to next week’s game to save a topsy-turvy season. Instead, the people that attended the game, which included students, faculty members, community members and Pirate fans from all over, left remembering one play that will forever be engraved in their memories.
On Nov. 5, John Sieglinger woke up and pre-gamed like many other football-goers in Pirate Nation. However, during the halftime show of the ECU versus USM football game, Sieglinger dropped his pants and shook what his mama gave him, to all 40,000 people in attendance.
Stripped down to just his underwear, Sieglinger stormed down the Boneyard steps, proceeded to “ninja jump” the fence onto the field, and stripped to just his birthday suit, beginning the party of a lifetime. As mixed reactions filled the stadium, Sieglinger took the show away from those in uniform, and put the spotlight on his goose chase around Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
“The crisp Greenville air caressing your nut sack as you run, there’s nothing like it,” said Sieglinger, as he described the feeling of true freedom of expression.
“I wanted to do it before it happened, and it felt so right at the time,” said Sieglinger. “I didn’t do it for attention, I did it because I just wanted to do it.”
Sieglinger said that before he attempted this feat of remembrance, he paid his friends in advance to bail him out after he got caught and escorted out of the stadium and into holding. But despite knowing his inevitable fate, Sieglinger knew that the only way to cross “streaking at a football game” off the bucket list hanging in his room was to actually streak at a football game. “Jumping into the bull pit, knowing you are going to get caught,” said Sieglinger. “Who gets away from that?”
“I was stunned because it was during the military ceremony, and then a naked man came running out,” said Dalton Bradford, junior criminal justice major. “It was something out of a movie, him running out and then the cops chasing him.”
Many people in the Greenville community have expressed their outraged opinions about Sieglinger’s streaking, not only because it was inappropriate and scarring for children, but also that it was during the middle of appreciating those military members in attendance. “The military, they fight for freedom, and what’s more free than running down the field buck naked,” said Sieglinger. “We’re on the same side.”
The way that Sieglinger lives his life is by his self-proclaimed motto, “You just got to do what you want to do and put your shoes on and go out and do it.”
Despite running across the field, doing the helicopter on the emblem in the middle of the field, and getting laid out by multiple security guards, Sieglinger looked back on the footrace and said, “I just did what everybody wants to do, but nobody has the balls to do.”
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