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"Never, ever in my life, did I think I would be a famous gatecrasher," Rich says from his home in the San Diego area. "When I was on the podium after Super Bowl I with Pete Rozelle, Vince Lombardi and Bart Starr, I had no idea I would become famous. I just wanted to get my picture taken."
"I got to know a lot of the Kansas City players real well," Rich recalls. "So when they made the first World Championship Game and I found out where they were staying in L.A., I got up early, found where the buses were going to park and got there just ahead of them. When they got off the bus, I brought a jacket a Chiefs player had already given me and walked off the bus with them and into the locker room."
Just like that, he was in.
He spent the first half on the Chiefs' sideline, evaluating which side to finish the game on. Since he was already in, Rich's goal was to get on television. Once the Green Bay Packers put up 21 unanswered points in the second half, Rich ditched the Chiefs jacket and stealthily shifted to the winning locker room to ride the victory wave.
Rozelle, the NFL's commissioner, was on a small podium in front of TV cameras, waiting to award the championship trophy to Vince Lombardi and quarterback Bart Starr. But Starr stepped off the stage for another interview and Rich saw his opening – he boldly stepped right up behind Lombardi and the legend of the gatecrasher began.
He donned wigs, glasses, fake mustaches and beards. He collected old press passes from previous Super Bowls and flashed them at guards. He wore jackets that were the same color as event security and put an earpiece in. Even affixed name tags to a blazer and claimed to be with the NFL. As the years passed and the security increased, Rich raised the stakes.
originally posted by: Macenroe82
a reply to: FauxMulder
Haha that's awesome.
Is he still alive?
I wonder if he's still going to these celebrations.
He would be 87 now.
Might be a bit easier to pick him out now...as he tries to get his walker through the metal detectors. Lol