PHILADELPHIA -- A man arrested for running onto the field at
Sunday's Philadelphia Eagles game said he was spreading his late
mother's ashes at Lincoln Financial Field, police said.
Christopher Noteboom, 44, of Tempe, Ariz., ran onto the field
holding a plastic bag in his outstretched right arm, leaving a
cloud of fine powder in his wake. As he reached the 30-yard line,
he dropped to his knees and made the sign of the cross before
laying down on his stomach. Security personnel reached him moments
later and he offered no resistance as he was escorted from the
Noteboom, a native of Doylestown, said the substance was the
ashes of his dead mother, a longtime Eagles fan who died of
emphysema in January 2005, shortly before the Eagles' Super Bowl
"She never cared for any other team except the Eagles,"
Noteboom told WPVI-TV after he was released from custody on Monday.
"I know that the last handful of ashes I had are laying on the
field, and will never be taken away. She'll always be part of
Lincoln Financial Field and of the Eagles," he said.
Noteboom, a bar owner in Arizona, was charged with defiant
trespass. He has a hearing scheduled for Dec. 27.
"It's bizarre, but we have a zero tolerance for people who run
on the field," said Police Inspector William Colarulo. "We
especially have a zero tolerance for people who run onto the field
and dump an unknown substance in a stadium full of people."
Colarulo said police also recovered a box of what they believe
are some of the ashes of Noteboom's mother.
Eagles spokeswoman Bonnie Grant said the team has had requests
to spread ashes in the past, but does not permit it.