Vince Wilfork of the New England Patriots is being applauded after a great win against the Indianapolis Colts... and because he helped rescue a woman from an overturned SUV on his way home from the AFC Championship game on Sunday. According to NBC Sports, the woman had been driving under the influence when she crashed her car in Foxborough.
"According to the Massachusetts State Police, when troopers responded to a call about the overturned SUV, they found that Wilfork was already there, standing beside the vehicle and asking the driver if she was OK. The driver wasn't able to get out, so a trooper held the driver's side door open while Wilfork reached in and pulled her out. The troopers thanked him for their assistance and said they'd take it from there, so he went on his way home."
Vince Wilfork didn't hesitate to offer his services, as he stopped when he saw the accident. According to the Massachusetts State Police, Mary Ellen Brooks, 38, rolled her 2015 Jeep Wrangler on its side. After finding out that the woman was stuck inside the vehicle, Wilfork was able to get the woman out using just one hand. After she was freed, she ensured police that she didn't need further assistance, but she was checked out by EMS anyway. Shortly thereafter, it was determined that Brooks had been drinking, she was placed under arrest, and has been charged with "operating under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle."
@wilfork75 lends hand to @MassStatePolice on his way home from @Patriots#AFCChampionship win. http://t.co/ZCYfDsAor5pic.twitter.com/x2w1U8jGkx
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) January 19, 2015
Vince Wilfork was celebrating with his teammates just moments before he stopped to assist a stranger. Many people are fans of Wilfork, who many say has a big heart. It's hard to imagine that he almost didn't play the 2014 season with the Patriots. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, #75 was asked to renegotiate his contract, which made him quite unhappy.
According to the report, Wilfork ripped his name off of his locker, and then cleaned his locker out. He reportedly asked the team to release him, but he was able to come to an agreement that would keep him playing this year -- and with a Super Bowl ring on the line, Wilfork made the right decision... and so did the Patriots. He has been an asset to the team both on and off the field.
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[Photo courtesy of Elise Amendola / AP file photo via Boston.com]