Last week, the patron saint of North Florida, Blake Bortles, found himself in the news for saving his truck from the hands of a teenage robber. TLDR: Bortles was throwing a house party with some teammates from the Jags. A teenager tried to steal his F-150, but found himself blocked in. He then made his way into the house uninvited and the police were called. News4Jax has the story:
An uninvited guest crashed a Jacksonville Beach house party Wednesday night after trying to steal Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles’ pickup truck, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.
According to the police report, Joseph Horton, 18, a student at Fletcher High School, got into Bortles’ new Ford F-150, which was left unlocked with the keys inside and rummaged through the interior.
Witnesses told police the act was caught on the home’s surveillance video, and Horton seemed to have an affinity for the vehicles parked in the driveway. The video was said to show Horton removing Bortles’ wallet from the truck, which was later found on the ground.
Witnesses told police Horton then tried to drive off in the truck, but was boxed in by other cars. Once he got out, he made his way into the home and upstairs.
Neither the homeowner nor party guests recognized the man, which is when police were called. When officers arrived, Horton was standing under the close watch of Bortles and two of quarterback’s friends.
Because everything Bortles touches is gold, naturally, this inspired many-a great Internet meme:
The dudes over at PGP’s Touching Base podcast sat down with Bortles for a beer the other day, asking the Jaguars quarterback to recall the incident. It brings a big old smile to my face hearing Bortles “set the record straight” on how he kept his F-150 out of greedy thief hands.
Dude just keeps on crushin’ it.