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Minnesota Vikings Star Pulls Man Out Of Burning Car

by Nolan Hawk

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn became an everyday hero last weekend when he helped pull a driver out of a burning car crash in Austin, Texas.

Osborn shared the details about how he and three “absolute heroes” aided a driver who had smashed into a pillar in the early hours of Monday morning.

The NFL star was on his way home in an Uber on an Austin freeway at 2:30 a.m., when a vehicle sped past and crashed into a pillar of an overpass.

Osborn and his Uber driver, Abdul, pulled over to help when they saw the accident had left the car “up in flames” with the driver trapped inside.

“Most of the time the saying goes ‘wrong place wrong time.’ But this time I believe God had me, us, at the right place at the exact right time,” he wrote on Twitter.

The wide out told “Fox & Friends” that he and Abdul were joined by two other bystanders who had also witnessed the crash, and rushed to try to help.

He and two others were initially afraid that the flaming wreck “could blow up,” and were hesitant to approach the vehicle.

“But my Uber driver, Abdul, we went right up to the car, he opened the passenger door,” he told co-host Ainsley Earhardt.

“He was seeing if the driver was OK. We’re trying to see if he was alive and moving and things like that.”

Once the driver was “able to muster enough strength” to move his upper body into the passenger seat, Osborn and the fellow bystanders went over to pull him out, despite their fear of an explosion.

“I ran up, we initially pulled him out of the car, the car is burning, it’s in flames, he has blood on him, he’s bleeding, he’s obviously out of it. I’m thinking it’s gonna blow any second,” he explained on Monday’s episode of “The Adam Schefter Podcast.”

“But we were still close to the car and we didn’t know whether it was going to blow up,” he detailed to Earhardt on Wednesday.

“I was able to pick him up and we were able to carry him 10-15 yards and we were able to get him out of that situation.”

Osborn said that the driver was injured after the crash and bled all over his shirt, as he carried him away from the fiery wreck to safety.

In the aftermath, the Vikings’ player has had trouble sleeping, but is “just grateful that I was in the position to be able to help him.”

Had his night, or entire off-season gone according to plan, he wouldn’t have been there to offer assistance.

“I would’ve never been in Austin, Texas, had my trainer not moved down here. I missed my first Uber and I was in my second Uber,” he commented to Fox News. “The timing of it was crazy. Happy I was able to be there.”

The former fifth round draft pick out University of Miami said that he took action, because he dreams of being a federal law enforcement agent.

In the moment, he was rallied by the courage of his fellow bystanders to overcome his fear of a potential explosion.

“Football didn’t matter then,” Osborn concluded. “We were trying to save a man’s life.”


In his social media post about the incident, the NFL player had a parting thought for his followers: “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.”

In an interesting twist, the man Osborn turned out to be an MTV reality star. Nelson Thomas, a longtime competitor on MTV’s “The Challenge,” revealed that he was the guy the Minnesota Vikings’ player saved.

On March 14, Thomas posted his thanks to all of his saviors, along with photos of his gruesome injuries.

In June he shared an update on his progress, where he took painful looking hobbled steps on an ankle with a large bump the size of a baseball.

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