Kansas City Chiefs player rewards good Samaritan who helped free his car from snow prior to playoff game
By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
January 15, 2019, 11:52:29 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs' offensive lineman Jeff Allen was getting ready for the team’s biggest game of the season on Saturday when a winter storm moving through the area impacted his pregame travel.
Allen’s car became stuck in the snow and he needed help getting it dug out, he explained on Twitter after the Chiefs defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-13.
Fortunately for Allen, a Good Samaritan he described as a "nice man named Dave," noticed his plight and helped him free his car from the snow so Allen could make it to Arrowhead Stadium in time for kickoff.
My car got stuck in the snow before the game & a nice guy named Dave help pull me out without knowing I was a player. I want to give him tickets to the AFC championship game for helping but don’t have a way to contact him. He drove a 97 or 98 Black Suburban. Pls RT #ChiefsKingdom— Jeff Allen (@JeffAllen71) January 13, 2019
Looking to express his gratitude for the favor, Allen said to his more than 21,000 Twitter followers that he wanted to reward the man with tickets to the AFC Championship game. He asked his followers to retweet his message to help spread the word.
Despite many of his followers suddenly telling Allen their name was Dave, Allen announced on Sunday that he was able to get in contact with the man who helped him.
Update: Despite the recent influx in people changing their name to Dave in the KC area lol, I was actually able to track down the Dave that helped me thanks to the power of social media and #ChiefsKindgom. Thanks for your kindness https://t.co/e4OkEg6AAw— Jeff Allen (@JeffAllen71) January 13, 2019
According to KSHB, the man was identified as Dave Cochran, who is homeless and lives in his truck with his girlfriend and dog.
“I was driving down (U.S.) 40 Highway and saw a couple cars stuck," Cochran told KSHB. "I pulled one car out before that, then I saw another car stuck and I told my old lady, 'We have to help him.'"
“It said Texas plates," Cochran said. "He wasn’t used to this weather. He isn’t used to this coldness."
Allen and the Chiefs will face the New England Patriots this Sunday at 6:40 p.m. EST for the right to represent the AFC in Super Bowl 53.
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The winter storm was responsible for four deaths in Missouri and dumped over 20 inches of snow in some parts of the state. Most of Kansas City area received around 5-8 inches, with some areas receiving more than a foot.
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