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New Mexico native streaks across Aloha Stadium field for a cause
By: Elena Arteaga, Manolo Morales
Photos courtesy of Instagram
HONOLULU, HI It was the run of a lifetime. A now-or-never-moment. And for Katrina Torres, that moment came during the fourth quarter of the Pro Bowl game at Aloha Stadium.
Cameras turned away from Torres, an Albuquerque native, when she jumped from the standsclad in a bikini and shorts, and the New Mexico flag and into the end zone, but that didnt keep spectators from capturing it all on their own electronic devices.
They made the touchdown, and all of security turned to look, said Torres. And I just jumped over the wall. Once I hit the ground, I knew I wasnt going to stop, so I just kept running.
But the few glimpses of that bright yellow New Mexican flag draped around Torres back on national television meant the world to one person thousands of miles away from Torresher cousin, Gary, who was watching at home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Torres had I did it 4 Gary sprawled across her back.
A couple of years ago, my cousin who was 18 years old at the time got into a really bad motorcycle accident which left him unable to walk, Torres wrote on her Instagram account. It was always his dream to go with me to a Pro Bowl game. I made a promise to him that since he couldn't walk with me into that stadium that I would run across the field in honor of him knowing that he would be watching from home in New Mexico. Life is too short, so enjoy it while you can, help others along the way, keep promises, and always give those that you love a reason to smile and be proud even if they're far away and it means streaking on national television!
Torres, who moved to Honolulu several years back, is seen shoulder-bumping two players before she is escorted off the field. And even then, Torres said players were giving her high-fives. Coaches were reportedly grinning from ear to ear.
Soon after, the world came to know why Torres made the streak across the field. And she said that once Hall of Famer Deion Sanders found out the story behind it, he came to her defense.
[T]hank you so much to Deion Sanders for keeping me out of jail! Torres wrote on Instagram. He followed the cops and I as they took me out of the stadium and told them not to arrest me and that he loved my show and he had my back and would bail me out! You are one cool guy Mr. Sanders! Glad you liked it! #probowl #probowl2014 #streaker#probowlstreaker #ididit4gary #newmexico #bikini#fitfam #family #love #blessed #football #hawaii #luckywelivehawaii #luckimnotinjail #teamsanders
Torres wasnt arrested. She has been banned from the Aloha Stadium for the next year.
I can't believe how much attention this is getting! People are saying what I did was inspiring but I don't think it was that much, wrote Torres. The reason behind it is inspiring but me actually doing it just took a lot of balls! When I say I'm gonna do something, I do it. Period. I just kept my word and did it! Inspiring? Not really. Awesome? You bet your ass! Single moms who work two jobs to raise their kids are inspiring, firefighters that run into burning buildings are inspiring, soldiers who defend our country are inspiring, those that are ill or poor in health or people who are in wheelchairs but love and appreciate life like my cousin Gary, those people are inspiring. As for me, I hope to lead an inspirational life but I'm just an ordinary girl with some big cajones and an even bigger heart. Thank you all for the support for my cousin! Stay blessed and appreciate every single day. I also made a twitter @streakforacause to respond and answer questions about my streaking mission! Feel free to tweet me! #probowl #probowl2014 #probowlstreaker#marshalyanda #chestbump #newmexico#nuevomexico #represent #doitforacause #aloha#livewithaloha #blessed