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Former NFL tight end helps save people from van

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Ben Patrick, a tight end with the Cardinals from 2007 through 2010, made a different type of headline in Arizona over the weekend.

Patrick helped pull a group of people out of a van that had been flipped onto its side.

“My first thought was just to help the people on the inside,” Patrick told KTVK-TV.  “I ran over and I looked in the front window and everybody was laying sideways and I debated on kicking the window in, but I didn’t want to get glass over everyone.”

Patrick knew that he had to act quickly, because he could smell gasoline.  Patrick and others were able to pull everyone out of the van.

Patrick spent four seasons with the Cardinals, starting 20 regular-season games.  He also caught a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLIII.

Out of football in 2011, Patrick told KTVK that he hopes to sign with the Panthers for 2012.

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28 Responses to “Former NFL tight end helps save people from van”
  1. mikehockhurtz says: Feb 26, 2012 11:31 PM

    That’s freakin’ cool.

  2. brownsfn says: Feb 26, 2012 11:37 PM

    Kudos my man…finally a good off the field story in the NFL…

  3. readysethike says: Feb 26, 2012 11:38 PM

    Does that mean Shockey gets released?

  4. canetic says: Feb 26, 2012 11:40 PM

    First Leonard Pope, now Ben Patrick. The Cardinals’ tight ends should form their own Justice League.

  5. stevenfbrackett says: Feb 26, 2012 11:40 PM

    Nice to see a guy make it into a police report for the right reasons for a change.

  6. pacificnw7722 says: Feb 26, 2012 11:41 PM

    Ben Patrick……A VERY unselfish act and true American hero.

    Hats off!!

  7. mrslay1 says: Feb 26, 2012 11:42 PM

    Good things happen to to good people! God Bless you

  8. colfaxdenver says: Feb 26, 2012 11:43 PM

    It’s always good to hear NFL football players acting like REAL HEROS!

  9. duanethomas says: Feb 26, 2012 11:59 PM

    Good F’ing deal! Can you have a good guy meter opposite the turd meter. I think it would change people perceptions of 90% of the players in the NFL. Deeds like this happen all the time and I’m tired of the 10% turds who overshdow guys like this.

  10. Lev says: Feb 26, 2012 11:59 PM

    Stand up guy! We’d love to have him here in Carolina!

  11. tatum064 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:00 AM

    This balances out the “safety Glenn Sharpe accused of murder” story…

    good one, Ben!

  12. bullethead527 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:15 AM

    I guess he heard how Shockey saved Harstock from choking, now feels since he saved a van full of ppl, the panthers might want to bring him to Carolina, Come Hurney we need life savers in Carolina, sign him now……

  13. pilot2011 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:38 AM

    good for you mr. patrick and good luck in the future… I would like to play in Chudzinski’s offense too if I was a tight end.

  14. cardmagnet says: Feb 27, 2012 12:39 AM

    The NFL could use more guys and stories like this.

  15. enx31 says: Feb 27, 2012 12:41 AM

    Never lose sight of the character that just about all NFL players carry past and present.

  16. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 27, 2012 12:58 AM

    For Ben, looking in from the outside, it appeared that “everyone was laying sideways”. But the people in the van were actually sitting upright as usual, with the vehicle laying on it’s side. One of those optical illusions.
    Like when you’re beside another vehicle at a stop light and for a moment you feel like you’re moving backwards. But actually it is the other vehicle moving ahead a bit. Easy mistake to make.

  17. santolonius says: Feb 27, 2012 12:58 AM

    calm, speed and bravery in a van rescue, see that would make a good combine test.

  18. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 27, 2012 1:06 AM

    Patrick hopes to sign with the Panthers in 2012. So he can put his experience saving people trapped in car wrecks to good use.

  19. asublimeday says: Feb 27, 2012 1:19 AM

    I missed the “pull people out of a van” drills in the combine.

  20. mrussellii says: Feb 27, 2012 1:51 AM

    They must like their good people to play TE in AZ. First Leonard Pope saves a kid from drowning, now this.

  21. dwatkins69 says: Feb 27, 2012 1:53 AM

    4 thumbs down on this story. Simply amazing:(

  22. max20characters says: Feb 27, 2012 3:03 AM

    I hope he gets that contract he deserves with Carolina. Class act, Ben!

  23. phadedwun says: Feb 27, 2012 3:26 AM

    So. Let us take a poll.

    Like this if: you think Ben Patrick is a bigger hero than the guy who ran over and knocked on the door of house on fire.

    Dislike this if: you think Ben Patrick is not a hero in comparison to the guy who ran over and knocked on the door of house on fire.

  24. mangoldbond says: Feb 27, 2012 5:29 AM

    “I ran over and I looked in the front window and everybody was laying sideways and I debated on kicking the window in, but I didn’t want to get glass over everyone.”


    First down, BLUE HENS!

  25. nflfollower says: Feb 27, 2012 5:41 AM

    Did the van blow up while he was dragging them away?….I’ve never seen that not happen. In the movies.

  26. jenniferxxx says: Feb 27, 2012 6:32 AM

    Ben Patrick had a very good shot of playing for the Giants this past season. But he retired when they failed to resign Kevin Boss.

    Yeah, it made no sense then either.

    He missed out on a hell of a run.

  27. smackingfools says: Feb 27, 2012 7:30 AM

    “Patrick and others” lol. Funny how nobody cares about the ‘others’ that helped. Guess they aren’t NFL players.

  28. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 27, 2012 8:02 AM

    I was about to make a comment about him quitting on the Giants — now he wants to play again lmao.

    But thank God that he was in the vicinity and hefty enough to help those people. It seems trivial based upon the description of how the van flipped, but those situations could be life-threatening for those involved. Good deal.

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