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Man breaks fall of woman jumping from upper deck at Raiders game


Last weekend in Buffalo, a man fell from the upper deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium while goofing around and wound up injuring someone on the lower deck who broke his fall.

A man in Oakland wound up in the hospital on Sunday after a fan fell on him from above, but the circumstances were quite different this time. The man attempted to break the fall of a woman who jumped from the third deck of Coliseum shortly after the end of the Raiders’ loss to the Titans. The man saw the woman preparing to jump, pleaded with her not to do it and then tried to catch her.

Both people wound up in the hospital and the woman was critically injured, but Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriffs Office said the woman would already be dead if not for the actions of the unnamed 61-year old Marine Corps veteran.

“He just couldn’t imagine having people see that,” Nelson said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “He said it was a reaction. Even now, at the hospital he’s very concerned about her. He’s a real compassionate person.┬áRaider fans get a bad reputation, yet here’s this guy that went way over and above what most people would do to try and save this woman.”

Let’s hope that updates on people falling from the stands doesn’t become a staple of our weekly coverage of the NFL even if the story does feature someone acting laudably in a moment of crisis.

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18 Responses to “Man breaks fall of woman jumping from upper deck at Raiders game”
  1. stoutfiles says: Nov 25, 2013 7:16 AM

    This guy is a hero. Hopefully the media covers this story more.

  2. smitty767 says: Nov 25, 2013 7:26 AM

    Damn. Pretty heroic effort on the man’s part.

  3. spd4r8trs says: Nov 25, 2013 7:37 AM


  4. bronzestarusmc says: Nov 25, 2013 7:38 AM

    Marine Corps! Semper Fi! Mac!

  5. therolandobottom says: Nov 25, 2013 7:42 AM

    Message to Mark Davis; we are sick and tired of losing. Some apparently more than others.

  6. crs334 says: Nov 25, 2013 7:52 AM

    Whoa.. Prayers for both. Courageous man.

  7. lgbarn says: Nov 25, 2013 7:58 AM

    We need more people like him in this world. He obviously understand duty and self sacrifice.

  8. dspyank2k11 says: Nov 25, 2013 8:32 AM

    Great to hear this coming from Raider Nation.
    I hope they both recover quickly!

  9. xxsweepthelegxx says: Nov 25, 2013 8:36 AM

    wow….that’s one nice dude to step up like that. Good on him

  10. godofwine330 says: Nov 25, 2013 8:37 AM

    All I’ve got to say is “Hoo-Rah! Marine Corps. Hoo-Rah!”

    You WANT me on that wall, you NEED me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty…we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something.

    As a Navy vet, one of my brothers doing what we do best, protecting the American People. Hoo-Rah!

  11. discountdoublecheck says: Nov 25, 2013 8:42 AM

    Big respect to the man for putting his life on the line to try and save this lunatic jumper. What the hell is wrong with people?

  12. mayers59 says: Nov 25, 2013 9:04 AM

    He’s a Marine. Need we say more? Hooray!

  13. 23rdusernameused says: Nov 25, 2013 9:13 AM

    hero, but saved a moron!

  14. gatorarms says: Nov 25, 2013 9:56 AM

    The Raiders are bad, but not that bad!

  15. rams1999 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:10 AM

    gatorarms says:
    Nov 25, 2013 9:56 AM
    The Raiders are bad, but not that bad!

  16. radrntn says: Nov 25, 2013 11:46 AM

    seems fitting that a marine saved her life at a game where purple heart/ medal of honor recipients Sgt Carter was recognized for his bravery in combat……Not only did the entire raider nation give him a standing o but was great to see the players on the field clapping for him as well.

  17. jblokhed says: Nov 25, 2013 12:19 PM

    That picture perfectly explains how the Raiders have gone from typically 7 out of 8 games blacked out in most recent years to being broadcast locally (though the Titans game was a close call). A now complete flushing of Alameda County taxpayers (which inlcude me) dollars down toilets (which back up in the visitor’s locker room) is complete.

    The A’s take it a step further and also tarp off the entire 2nd deck.

  18. raiderla says: Nov 25, 2013 7:12 PM

    If I was at the game that prolly would have been me jumping seaBass missing those should be easy field goals. I think when raiders hear playoffs they choke. We let the titans beat us without CJ having a good day that’s terrible… Enough is enough when is the losing gonna end!!

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