A lot of times, kids refer to their favorite professional athletes as heroes, but Minnesota Vikings receiver KJ Osborn is actually a hero now.
The Vikings receiver just finished off the best season of his career, as he caught 60 passes for 650 yards and five touchdowns. The third-year player out of Miami (FL) is a bona fide weapon for a good Minnesota offense.
But, the most important thing he’s ever done in his life was over the weekend when he saved a man from dying in a burning car.
Vikings WR K.J. Osborn and three others helped rescue a man from a flaming vehicle on Sunday night
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Here are more details, courtesy of the New York Post.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn is being hailed a hero after helping save a man’s life from a burning car on Sunday night.
“Last night myself and these 3 absolute heroes helped save a man’s life by rescuing him from a vehicle up in flames after a bad crash,” Osborn wrote on Twitter. “A situation I’d never imagine being a part of in a million years.”
Osborn, 25, was on his way home in an Uber after a workout in Austin, Texas, when he was alerted by his driver that a car had crashed under a bridge and burst into flames, he said on The Adam Schefter Podcast.
“My Uber driver just starts going crazy. He’s like, ‘Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!’ I look up, and I’m wondering what’s all the fuss about,” Osborn said. “He’s like, ‘This guy crashed,’ and I look to my right and there’s a car, if you were to picture it, under a bridge’s pillars. His car is head-on. He hit the pillar and his car is in flames.”
Osborn, along with his Uber driver and two other bystanders — who he called “heroes” — pulled over to evaluate the situation and call for help.
“I’m like, ‘No, we got to go save this guy,” Osborn said.
The Michigan native said his driver, in total disregard for his own safety, rushed over to the burning vehicle, prompting Osborn to follow in step to assist with the two other bystanders.
The Uber driver was able to open the door, and all four of the heroes began talking with the man. When it became apparent that he could not exit the car on his own, they banned together to pull the man out to safety.
The man they saved is in the hospital, but Osborn plans to visit him, he said. Great job to everyone involved.