One of those irritations of everyday life befell Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Jeff Allen as he set out in the snow Saturday for Arrowhead Stadium and the AFC divisional playoff game against Indianapolis.
Allen managed to get stuck and, luckily, a Good Samaritan came to his rescue. But Allen and the man parted ways before he could get a name and contact information. After the Chiefs beat the Colts to advance to Sunday’s conference championship game against New England, he reached out in the only way he knew: through social media.
“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,” he tweeted. “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”
His plea drew a tremendous amount of attention, including the usual jokes. But it finally paid off and Allen found Dave. “Update: Despite the recent influx in people changing their name to Dave in the KC area lol,” he tweeted, “I was actually able to track down the Dave that helped me thanks to the power of social media and #ChiefsKingdom. Thanks for your kindness”
Just who is Dave? Steven Dial, a reporter for Kansas City’s KSHB-TV, tweeted that he’s a homeless man who lives in his vehicle.
His full name, KCTV revealed, is Dave Cochran and sprang forward to assist Allen and other drivers stuck on Highway 40. “I rolled down my window and I asked them if they needed help,” he said. “They said, ‘Yeah! We’re trying to get to the game.’”
Cochran helped free at least five autos and asked for nothing in return, not even from the guy behind the wheel of a flashy new car.
“I was kind of scared because I’m towing with a ’95 Suburban,” Cochran said, “and he’s driving a brand new 2019 BMW.”
Cochran had no idea whom he had helped until his phone began buzzing. “I started bawling out of happiness and excitement,” he said. “He gave me three free tickets to the championship game Sunday and God Bless him. I wasn’t expecting all this."
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