Flashback: Man runs on field, steals ball from Brett Favre

Mark Curnutte
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This story was published in The Enquirer on Oct. 31, 2005. We pulled this from our archives after a fan ran onto the field at a Cincinnati Reds game on Wednesday and jumped the wall on the way out.

Greg Gall, then 31 of Mount Washington, is led away by deputies after running onto the field at Paul Brown Stadium during a game against the Green Bay Packers Oct. 30, 2005.

A spectator ran onto the Paul Brown Stadium field Sunday (Oct. 31, 2005) at a key point toward the end of the Bengals' 21-14 victory.

Gregory Gall, 31, of Cincinnati, was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct while intoxicated, according to an intake officer at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Gall was expected to be released Sunday night and was scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. today.

Green Bay, trailing 21-14, had the ball at the Bengals' 28-yard line with 28 seconds left. Game officials whistled the play dead just as Packers quarterback Brett Favre dropped back to pass.

Gall took the ball out of Favre's right hand and eluded officers in a sprint toward the south end zone. He finally was tackled after out-running security personnel. The Bengals said he jumped from the stands onto a cart parked beside the 9-foot wall behind Green Bay's bench, on the east side of Paul Brown Stadium.

Asked if the intrusion broke his team's concentration, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said, "I think it broke theirs. That's good. We'll slip him $20 later."

Then Lewis laughed. He said he thought officials had called an illegal procedure penalty against Green Bay before he caught a glimpse of the fan. The clock was reset to 26 seconds, and Favre was sacked by defensive end Duane Clemons.

"You want the fans' help, but you don't need that much," said Bengals defensive end Justin Smith, also laughing.

Gall, in handcuffs, was escorted out of the stadium by a Cincinnati Police officer. One side of his face was covered with small black pellets from the stadium FieldTurf.

A Cincinnati Police officer in the stadium security office said Ohio does not have a law requiring mandatory jail time for such an offense. The officer said it was a fourth-degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and/or a $250 fine.

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