No naked ambition for Esks tackle

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:11 PM ET

It was one tackle Adam Braidwood is glad he missed.

The Edmonton Eskimos defensive tackle had a streaking fan all measured up for a clothesline, Saturday, before having a last-minute change of heart.

He ended up taking a few steps towards the fleet-footed flasher, who hopped down from the stands at Vancouver’s Empire Field and sprinted from end zone to end zone before finally being nabbed by security.

Braidwood was the player in closest proximity to the man, who streaked down the sideline opposite the hash the ball and the other players were about to line up on.

“If he hadn’t have been looking, if he was looking at the stands I might have taken his head off,” said Braidwood, who came oh-so close to tackling the streaker — or would it technically be recorded as a sack?

“I’ve always wanted to do that, it was nothing personal. I just wanted to hit him. I don’t care if they run on the field, I just wanted to hit somebody.”

And he likely would have, if the target had been wearing something more than just a pair of white ankle socks.

“Yeah, that kind of deterred me,” Braidwood said. “I kind of walked over there and he started shaking and there was too much stuff shaking there. It just wasn’t for me and I had to back away from that one.”

Although Braidwood was held off the stats sheet, he still made a meaningful impact by helping his defence hold the B.C. Lions to under 100 yards rushing.

At least missing out on steamrolling the streaker is something he doesn’t have to live down.

“To tell you the truth, Dario (Romero) faked me out,” Braidwood said. “Dario sprinted (part way) over there and I ended up running (farther) and being the only guy over there looking like an idiot. Everyone’s like: ‘You’re chasing a naked guy!’ ”

– Moddejonge


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