Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Naked Truth: Streaker Alert; Pats' Matt Chatham Will Be Ready to Take Down British Intruder . . . Again

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Naked Truth: Streaker Alert; Pats' Matt Chatham Will Be Ready to Take Down British Intruder . . . Again

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Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union

ST. AUGUSTINE -- Matt Chatham and Larry Izzo saw the man wearing the G-string, black socks, shoes and a referee's cap at the same time.

Moments before, the man had been wearing a referee's uniform, but he ripped it off and started dancing at midfield of Houston's Reliant Stadium just before the second-half kickoff of Super Bowl XXXVIII.

After about 30 seconds, Izzo and Chatham reached a decision about the streaker, 39-year-old Brit Mark Roberts.

Izzo: I'm getting the hell away from that guy.

Chatham: Let me at 'em.

"More bad things could have occurred by me trying to do what Chatham did than the joy that I would have gotten by taking him out," Izzo, New England's special teams captain, said on Thursday. "Not that I get any joy about tackling a naked man, but there's 140 million people watching. What if I go after him, I slip, he makes me miss? I'd never live that down.

"On top of that, just rubbing bodies up against a disgustingly naked British guy didn't appeal to me. But Chatham is a different guy. I don't think he thought it through the way I did,'' Izzo said.

For the record, Chatham did not tackle Roberts. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound fifth-year linebacker -- standing on the field as part of the Patriots' kickoff return team -- hammered Roberts with his shoulder. After a 30-yard run.

"When I got there, I gave him kind of a forearm-shoulder type thing. I blindsided him. He just got laid out. It wasn't a form tackle, land-on-him type of thing.

"With a form tackle, you usually end up on top of the dude,'' Chatham said. "That was the last thing I wanted."

Actually, Chatham didn't even want to come near the guy, but nobody else moved. Not Izzo, who was standing next to him. Not Don Davis, who was standing on the other side of Chatham. Not Mike Vrabel, who was behind those three.

"We were all kind of looking around at each other -- 'All right, which one's going to do it? …

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