Minnesota Vikings Wide Receiver K.J. Osborn Among Group Hailed As Heroes After Rescuing Man From Burning Car
In a tweet published Monday night (March 6), Minnesota Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn shared that he and three others helped rescue a man from a burning car over the weekend.
In a brief description of the scene, Osborn said a man was trapped in a burning car after what he called a bad crash. He and three other people sprung into action, rescuing the man from the flames, and saving his life.
The incident occurred in Austin, Texas, where Osborn is spending some time this offseason. He explained more details in an appearance Monday on Monday's episode of ESPN personality Adam Schefter's podcast. Osbon said he was in an Uber on the way home from training when his driver noticed a car crash into a pillar under a bridge.
Osborn's driver stopped the Uber and ran up to the burning vehicle. The driver, Osborn, and a couple of others pulled the man from the burning car. Osborn helped carry the injured person away from the vehicle. Responders on the scene said it was likely the person might not have survived had these heroes not sprung into action.
According to what officials told Osborn, the man did sustain some injuries, but should make a recovery.
In a photo of the accident shared by Osborn on Twitter, you can see the car's whole engine compartment engulfed in flames as efforts are made to remove the individual inside the vehicle.
In the tweet, K.J. commented about how he and the others were simply in the "right place at the right time". He went on in his tweet to credit God for putting he and the others in that place to help, saying he never imagined he'd ever find himself in a situation like this in a million years.
In his podcast appearance with Schefter, he explained how he actually missed his first Uber, which led to the situation where just happened to be "in the right place at the right time". Adding to those "right place, right time" circumstances, Osborn shared that he is in his final days of training in Austin. While he called it the "craziest experience of his life", he counts himself lucky to have been able to have the circumstances put he and the three other heroes in the place to help save this man's life.
Along with Osborn and his Uber driver, the two other people were in another passing car, that just happened to be in the area at the time. He shared a photo of the group after the rescue was completed.
Osborn said he plans to pay a visit to the crash victim in the hospital to check in on him and make sure he's okay.
In another one of the images shared by Osborn shows the aftermath, once the fire was put out, you can see quite a grizzled mess. The hood is totally smashed up, and the engine is heavily charred from the fire.
By all reports, Osborn is a true class act, with many people around the league sharing high praise of him as a person and as a player through his time in the league. His tweet about the rescue even drew praise from the official account of NFC North rival Detroit Lions, tweeting the following in response:
Similarly, former Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky tweeted a response.
If you're wondering why all of the Lions love, it's because Osborn is originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan, which is between Detroit and Ann Arbor.