“I Wanted to Help. Anybody Would Do the Same Thing”

After the New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship Game on 18 January 2015, Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork helped a woman who was trapped in an overturned Jeep Wrangler. Mary Ellen Brooks, the driver of the Jeep, was unable to get out of the vehicle. Mr. Wilfork said, “I wanted to help. Anybody would do the same thing. I saw the lady in there. I asked her was she okay, can she move, can she grab my hand. … I actually opened up the door and pulled her out. It wasn’t a big deal. It was just seeing somebody that needed help and helping them.” He added, “I’m pretty sure she was kind of scared. So the last thing I want to do was have her panic. And that’s the first thing I told her. I said, ‘Don’t panic. I’ll get you out of here.’ My job right then and there was to help the person in the car.” Mr. Wilfork also said, “I don’t want anything from it. If I saw that a million times, I’d do it a million times, no matter what the situation might be. Luckily my wife and I were able to actually help and be there when it happened and get her to safety.”

For More Information: Mike Cole, “Police: Vince Wilfork Pulled Woman From Flipped Car After Patriots’ Win.” NESN. 19 January 2015


For More Information: Tom Sheen, “NFL star Vince Wilfork pulled a woman from a car wreckage with one hand… and is playing in the Super Bowl in two weeks.” The Independent (UK). 20 January 2015


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