Minnesota Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn says it was “right place, right time” in describing how he, along with “three absolute heroes,” pulled a driver from a burning vehicle that had crashed in Austin, Texas.
NFL player happens upon scene of a fiery vehicle crash
K.J. Osborn, a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, happened to be riding home in Uber when he and his driver happened upon a car that had crashed under a bridge and had flames pouring out from under the hood.
The other driver stopped, hopped out of the car, and said they should call 911, Osborn recalled
“I’m like, ‘No, you know, we gotta go see this guy,'” Osborn said during an ESPN interview on “The Adam Schefter Podcast.”
Osborn said he and the other driver went to the burning car. They saw that the driver was still alive but was unable to move.
“I don’t have experience in this,” Osborn reflected. “So in my head, I’m thinking, ‘Oh, this car can blow up at any second. It’ll all be over.”
“But my, you know, my Uber driver, he went right up to the car, he opened the door,” Osborn added.
As Osborn and the other driver attempted to rescue the man, two other people also approached to help. Osborn identified a man as a recent Austin transplant from Africa and a woman. The four people worked together to rescue the driver, pulling him away from the burning car just before it became fully engulfed in flames, Today reported.
“We didn’t know if this car was going to blow up, so that’s when I picked him up,” Osborn said. “He’s bleeding, his blood is on me, I carry him maybe 10 or 15 yards.”
Osborn said that although the man was bleeding, he didn’t appear to have serious injuries and was taken to hospital by ambulance.
“He was kind of in a daze,” Osborn said in the podcast interview. “He felt the heat coming to his legs and obviously he just got into a big crash so he’s kinda out of it.”
NFL player credits “3 absolute heroes” for working with him to save man from flaming car
K.J. Osborn, 25, was quick to credit “three absolute heroes” who worked with him to save the man from the burning car.
“We’re professional athletes, but you know, I’m a regular person just like anybody else,” Osborn stated. “That wasn’t a game, this is life. This was life or death.”
Osborn posted images from the crash scene on his Twitter account.
“Most of the time the saying goes ‘wrong place wrong time,'” Osborn wrote in the tweet. “But this time I believe God had me, us, at the right place at the exact right time.”
“Last night myself and these 3 absolute heroes helped save a man’s life by rescuing him from a vehicle up in flames after a bad crash,” Osborn continued. “A situation I’d never imagine being a part of in a million years.”
“I’ll leave you with this,” Osborn added. “God is real. And his love is real. He will send his angels to be camped around you and provide you with his grace and mercy.”
Osborn added during an interview that he planned to meet up with the man, along with his fellow rescuers.