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Patriots’ Darius Fleming says he played through injury suffered saving a woman from a burning car

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 18:   Darius Fleming #58 of the New England Patriots looks on against the Indianapolis Colts of the 2015 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Getty Images

Patriots linebacker Darius Fleming says he played in Saturday’s win over the Chiefs with stitches in his leg, thanks to an injury he suffered kicking in a window to pull a woman out of a burning car.

Although Fleming said nothing about it publicly, his agent confirmed the story after his alma mater, St. Rita High School in Chicago, posted about the incident on Facebook. According to the high school, Fleming needed 22 stitches in his leg on Thursday as a result of the accident.

Patriots defensive captain Devin McCourty said that when the team heard about the story, Fleming gave a full account.

“Darius was really quiet about it, but once the team got a hold of it, the guys on the team, we forced him to give a speech and everything,” McCourty said. “He explained it was very simple: He saw a woman’s car that looked like it was smoking, and he just jumped out of his car. He’ll admit there was probably an easier solution, but I think it was nice and dramatic — kicked the window in and pulled her out.”

McCourty said the Patriots cheered Fleming for his actions.

“We got the hero’s speech. He gave us his account of what happened and a lot of cheers went out,” McCourty said.

That makes Fleming an easy player to cheer for.

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90 Responses to “Patriots’ Darius Fleming says he played through injury suffered saving a woman from a burning car”
  1. hatersgonnahatehate says: Jan 20, 2016 12:27 PM

    Wilfork rescued a woman out of a car wreck after last years playoff game too…

  2. howiehandles says: Jan 20, 2016 12:28 PM

    Well done Darius!

  3. Patskrieg says: Jan 20, 2016 12:29 PM

    Well now I absolutely get why people hate the Patriots.

  4. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 20, 2016 12:29 PM

    what a terrific story- Kudos to you Darius. (Still not as bad as Ben’s shoulder though)

  5. hairpie2 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:29 PM

    espn and haters will call this “cheating” because it wasnt on the injury report.

  6. jkautz11 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:30 PM

    Great story! Love hearing about stuff like this. There’s no time to think in that situation, so what he did was necessary. Even if there was an “easier solution”. He did the right thing.

  7. losingisnotanoption says: Jan 20, 2016 12:30 PM

    Nice work, Darius. Way to stand up tall for the good guys playing football.

  8. davebarnes21 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:30 PM

    typical Patriot!

  9. mrkbuilders says: Jan 20, 2016 12:30 PM

    Great job man! Human lives always come before team’s laundry!

  10. chicagosportsfan11 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:31 PM

    Very impressive young man, hope you have a long ad healthy career.

  11. byrnestj7 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:32 PM

    Good story. Need more people in the world like him

  12. brettfavrecellphone says: Jan 20, 2016 12:34 PM

    Model franchise.

  13. uglydingo says: Jan 20, 2016 12:35 PM

    How are the Patriots so successful in hiding everything like this? If it was a player on any other team it would be news when it happens, but they successfully shutdown any information until well after the event.
    The police and the media work with the cheese factory so that nothing ever leaks. No other team manipulates the information flow so successfully.

  14. fartsmella says: Jan 20, 2016 12:37 PM

    Winner Winner, chicken dinner

  15. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 20, 2016 12:37 PM

    Well done young man but I just saw on TV that Jamie Foxx did the same thing recently.

    Glda these guys are on the scene but you have to admit, this is a weird set of coincidences.

  16. quinzze says: Jan 20, 2016 12:38 PM

    The Patriot way.

  17. Unchained81 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:39 PM

    The only Patriots story that won’t reach 150 comments because there’s no way to add a childish asterisk or cheater comment. Awesome story.

  18. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 20, 2016 12:39 PM

    This was obviously an insurance scam gone bad. Be careful Darius or you will end up like Firecracker Boy with the Giants.

  19. wasabiradish says: Jan 20, 2016 12:40 PM

    Some players run their mouths. Some players let their actions speak for them. This is a man.

  20. matt14gg says: Jan 20, 2016 12:43 PM

    Great story…I love McCourty implying that Fleming could have just opened the car door…true locker room culture…no matter what you do you always get your chops busted.

  21. whywerule says: Jan 20, 2016 12:43 PM

    Great job Mr. Fleming!

    Darius Fleming = Honor, Integrity, Humility, Perseverance.

    In other words, your standard New England Patriot.

  22. mixjuan says: Jan 20, 2016 12:43 PM

    The Patriot Way

  23. donlogansb says: Jan 20, 2016 12:44 PM

    The Patriot Way

  24. metalman5150 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:44 PM

    Bravo Darious!
    Humble and modest, ye are, but also a HERO, in my book!

  25. streetyson says: Jan 20, 2016 12:45 PM

    Complimentary, quiet super heroes in NE, versus the super trashtalking cheapshot artists in Denver. Gonna be tough to know who to root for with all these conflicting indicators in the run up to the game.

  26. irish106 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:50 PM

    People are so jealous of the Patriots they do every thing the right way some should follow .

  27. mullman76 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:51 PM

    Well done Mr. Fleming.

    You sir, are a tru hero.

    Everyone else knows you would’ve done the same thing if you played on any other of the 31, but patsy fans continue to illustrate why they are the worst fans in sports.

    Carry on.

  28. greenmtnboy31 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:51 PM

    Next man up!

  29. j0esixpack says: Jan 20, 2016 12:55 PM

    The same people giving thumbs down to Flemming are the same types who:

    1.) Don’t believe the Laws of Physics apply to the game of football

    2.) Don’t know the definition of the word “retracted” and/or

    3.) Think that a simple violation of a new 2006 rule on the camera location of legal signal filming invalidates Super Bowls from before the rule existed

    And those are just the folks in the Commissioner’s office!

  30. mullman76 says: Jan 20, 2016 12:55 PM

    Don’t forget patsy fans: the patriot way also includes giving signing bonuses to murderers and an owner that runs around with “professional” women.

    Carry on.

  31. PATRIOTSDYNASTYLIVES says: Jan 20, 2016 12:56 PM

    Im surprised this was even a story due to the fact that hes a Patriot player….Im sure by dinner the media will delete it…fwiw Wilfork did same thing last year ….hope the same end result happens…..if it does Next year Im crashing my truck on Route One by the stadium!!!!!!

  32. redrew says: Jan 20, 2016 12:57 PM

    Lebron would have taken a selfie “King does it again”

  33. tindeaux says: Jan 20, 2016 12:58 PM

    good man. wish you good luck although i’m not a patriot fan and don’t like them:)

  34. fwippel says: Jan 20, 2016 12:59 PM

    I love the fact that he didn’t use this incident to draw attention to himself. Classy move you would expect from someone who hasn’t forgotten where he came from.

  35. redrew says: Jan 20, 2016 1:00 PM

    And while Broncos target knees and belittle Brady, the NE teams remains humble, complimentary, and focused.
    Why do other teams ignore this time tested formula

  36. bucandball says: Jan 20, 2016 1:01 PM

    well done me lad. Yet somehow people find a way to insert their hate even in this story. We should call them hateriots

  37. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 20, 2016 1:02 PM

    Hero.

  38. weepingjebus says: Jan 20, 2016 1:10 PM

    “I actually severed my own leg getting a cat out of a tree last week.” — Ben Roethelisberger

  39. jonathankrobinson424 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:14 PM

    …..great job young man!…..you didn’t freeze up, you didn’t let a voice in your head say “don’t get involved’ and you didn’t overthink it……awesome job!

  40. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 20, 2016 1:18 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Jan 20, 2016 1:10 PM

    “I actually severed my own leg getting a cat out of a tree last week.” — Ben Roethelisberger
    —–
    LOL!

    Spot on.:)

  41. twomadmapper says: Jan 20, 2016 1:21 PM

    Great to see these kind of stories, that there’s still so much good in the NFL and the world. Seems all we ever hear about is the bad…

    Darius you are a true hero for your actions and such a human being… Stay on the good path, have a long career, be a good role model…

    And bring back the AFC Championship Trophy Sunday!!!!

  42. twomadmapper says: Jan 20, 2016 1:21 PM

    Great to see these kind of stories, that there’s still so much good in the NFL and the world. Seems all we ever hear about is the bad…

    Darius you are a true hero for your actions and such a human being… Stay on the good path, have a long career, be a good role model…

    And bring back the AFC Championship Trophy Sunday!!!!

  43. jag1959 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:22 PM

    A guy does the right thing and we hear nothing, but let some fool run his mouth and it’s front page news.
    That the trolls still find a way to urinate on the Pats on this thread may be the saddest statement on their lives yet and that is saying something

  44. sidelinecameraman says: Jan 20, 2016 1:30 PM

    He did the right thing and other players have in the past as well. My question is how many of us would have done the same.

  45. 6ball says: Jan 20, 2016 1:30 PM

    .
    When’s the wedding ?
    .

  46. rootpain says: Jan 20, 2016 1:32 PM

    Considering that anyone of us could find ourselves trapped like that, I appreciate what he did. And considering that he put the persons safety ahead of his career speaks volumes. Well done Darius.

  47. dok1066 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:32 PM

    Good for him. A man with a good heart and good character.

  48. sueb45 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:42 PM

    You hear so many bad things about professional athletes, especially football players; but, it is amazing how much good these guys do. From jumping into action when they see someone in trouble, like this, or going to hospitals to visit sick kids, raising money, starting foundations to help various groups, Brady’s Buddy campaign, Manning’s children’s hospital work, LeBron James paying for a thousand plus kids college education, Roberto Clemente’s organization is still giving to kids these many years after his untimely death, Cam Newton’s foundation….on and on and on…..kudos to all of these good people who so often get over-shadowed by the bad apples or troubled guys!

  49. bksk07 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:42 PM

    Wow that’s awesome.
    How the heck did he play all those snaps in the second half running with 22 stiches that’s insane.
    Great story.

  50. seahawksbmx says: Jan 20, 2016 1:43 PM

    Herogate

  51. bullcharger says: Jan 20, 2016 1:44 PM

    mullman76 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 12:55 PM

    Don’t forget patsy fans: the patriot way also includes giving signing bonuses to murderers and an owner that runs around with “professional” women.

    Carry on.
    ————-

    At least the Robert Kraft has a good haircut. Have you seen Mark Davis?

  52. sueb45 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:48 PM

    mullman76 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 12:55 PM
    Don’t forget patsy fans: the patriot way also includes giving signing bonuses to murderers and an owner that runs around with “professional” women.

    Carry on.
    ——————————-
    Darius Fleming: big man,let’s his actions do the talking.

    mullman76: not so much.

  53. alphadux2u says: Jan 20, 2016 1:50 PM

    Great story! Especially since we’re more likely to read about players that do something stupid like set a car on fire, instead of news about saving a woman from one.

    100 to 1 odds though that the “easier solution” not mentioned was simply opening the car door instead of kicking out the window.

    Either way, kudos dude.

  54. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:57 PM

    “Don’t forget patsy fans: the patriot way also includes giving signing bonuses to murderers and an owner that runs around with “professional” women.”

    Typical distortion by a Pats hater.

    You act like Hernadez was re-signed with the Pats knowing he had murdered people. You also act like the Pats didn’t immediately cut him therefore losing all chance they had under the CBA to recover that money.

    Takes a pretty low person to come on to a story about someone doing something brave and good and post fecal matter like you did.

  55. imsorryyoufeelthatway7 says: Jan 20, 2016 1:59 PM

    Why are commenters making this about the patriots? Why can’t Darius Fleming just be a great guy?

  56. nhpats says: Jan 20, 2016 2:05 PM

    imsorryyoufeelthatway7 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 1:59 PM
    Why are commenters making this about the patriots? Why can’t Darius Fleming just be a great guy?

    ————

    Because #TheHaters seethe with jealousy and envy every minute of every day. BB and the Patriots have taken over their subconscious.

  57. harveyredman says: Jan 20, 2016 2:09 PM

    Thank you for giving me a reason to (finally) cheer for the Patriots (but mostly you).

    Well done, sir!!

  58. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:11 PM

    “The only way to stop Darius Fleming is to rip his stitches out”

    -Chris Harris

  59. mullman76 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:11 PM

    @harrisonhits: My previous post hailed Mr. fleming as a true hero.

    Just pointing to the fact that you chowds continue to make everything about the patsies when this was about Fleming and his act of heroism and courage.

    There are many different views of the “patriot way”.

  60. 23rdusernameused says: Jan 20, 2016 2:13 PM

    good on you kid!
    need more guys like you in the world Darius!

  61. mullman76 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:15 PM

    Read my previous post.

    I said Fleming was a hero.

    It was the chowds making this about the patriots and not about the man and the action he performed.

    I was just pointing that out.

    Shake yourselves chowda heads.

  62. patsrule59 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:17 PM

    Typical Patriot, always thinking of others.

    This is a perfect illustration of why I am so proud to be a fan of this upstanding franchise.

  63. whispersd says: Jan 20, 2016 2:29 PM

    Unchained81 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 12:39 PM

    The only Patriots story that won’t reach 150 comments because there’s no way to add a childish asterisk or cheater comment. Awesome story.

    I think you underestimate the trolls. They are up to the challenge.

  64. fishyinalittledishy says: Jan 20, 2016 2:31 PM

    The only way the Patriots don’t win the championship is if the Panthers or Cardinals beat them. There is no way the Broncos win. It’s impossible seriously. No mights or maybes. I don’t think there has ever been a conference title game played when both first choice QBs are playing were the home team has absolutely no chance.

  65. imodan says: Jan 20, 2016 2:42 PM

    whispersd says:
    Jan 20, 2016 2:29 PM

    Unchained81 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 12:39 PM

    The only Patriots story that won’t reach 150 comments because there’s no way to add a childish asterisk or cheater comment. Awesome story.

    I think you underestimate the trolls. They are up to the challenge.
    ——————————————-
    Agreed. The word Patriots draws the trolls in like moth’s to a flame.

  66. RE LEE says: Jan 20, 2016 2:42 PM

    Too bad he’s nice. He could kick and smash some loudmouths.

  67. imsorryyoufeelthatway7 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:43 PM

    imsorryyoufeelthatway7 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 1:59 PM
    Why are commenters making this about the patriots? Why can’t Darius Fleming just be a great guy?

    ————

    Because #TheHaters seethe with jealousy and envy every minute of every day. BB and the Patriots have taken over their subconscious.
    ————————————————————-

    That’s what I was referring to.

    This is not a football story, this is a human story, and Darius Fleming acted quite heroically. The team he plays for doesnt matter, lets just praise an amazing act. That’s my point.

  68. imsorryyoufeelthatway7 says: Jan 20, 2016 2:46 PM

    imsorryyoufeelthatway7 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 1:59 PM
    Why are commenters making this about the patriots? Why can’t Darius Fleming just be a great guy?

    ————

    Because #TheHaters seethe with jealousy and envy every minute of every day. BB and the Patriots have taken over their subconscious.
    ———————————
    If it makes you feel better, I’m a Bengals fan who hates New England. But I still understand that it’s just a game, and if am NE player saved a life at risk of his own life, then that deserves serious praise.

  69. logast says: Jan 20, 2016 2:47 PM

    Outstanding. And what makes it even more so is that Fleming did not seek nor want any extra attention because of it. Shows that he is just a decent human being.

  70. elevandoo says: Jan 20, 2016 3:03 PM

    Sounds more like he was hiding something and contrived a heroic tale.

  71. infectorman says: Jan 20, 2016 3:03 PM

    Good grief, I can’t wait till kickoff.

    You haters are truly quite smitten with your false indignation and soap box antics.

    The guy performed a good deed and it has nothing to do with the team he plays for. It has to do with his character and courage.
    That is all, move on with your lives now

  72. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 20, 2016 3:10 PM

    mullman76 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 2:15 PM
    Read my previous post.

    I said Fleming was a hero.

    And you could have left it at that.

  73. Ferdinand says: Jan 20, 2016 3:20 PM

    Great story. Too bad none of the area police or fire departments have even heard about this accident. Nor has the Dunkin Donuts he claims it was just down the road from.

  74. steincj36 says: Jan 20, 2016 3:23 PM

    A Notre Dame man, no matter which franchise he plays for.

  75. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Jan 20, 2016 3:28 PM

    The Patriot way. That and being defending super bowl champions while going to their fifth straight AFC title game, 10th in the last 15 years and 6 super bowl appearances. Patriots are the ultimate dynasty. Spoiled in Patriot nation.

  76. patsfan1820 says: Jan 20, 2016 3:56 PM

    Damn that took some serious cajones. Nice job man.

  77. damonpsu says: Jan 20, 2016 3:57 PM

    I still hate the pats, but count me as a fan of this dude.

  78. chadsmith013 says: Jan 20, 2016 4:00 PM

    too bad TMZ cant confirm his story with State Police..LOL

  79. iltibido says: Jan 20, 2016 4:01 PM

    From a Dolphins Fan: Great Story!!

  80. tmsclade says: Jan 20, 2016 4:03 PM

    While I hope that the story is true, it reminds me of the college player last year that claimed to get the high ankle sprain jumping off of a balcony to save a young family member, then not be true. There should have been corroborating stories that came out before now.

  81. Mo Pro Babble says: Jan 20, 2016 4:18 PM

    uglydingo says:
    Jan 20, 2016 12:35 PM
    How are the Patriots so successful in hiding everything like this? If it was a player on any other team it would be news when it happens, but they successfully shutdown any information until well after the event.
    The police and the media work with the cheese factory so that nothing ever leaks. No other team manipulates the information flow so successfully.

    But if they did, you wouldn’t know now would you?

    Didn’t think that through.

  82. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 20, 2016 4:19 PM

    mullman76 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 2:15 PM

    Read my previous post.

    I said Fleming was a hero.

    It was the chowds making this about the patriots and not about the man and the action he performed.

    I was just pointing that out.

    Shake yourselves chowda heads.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I read your post (unfortunately).

    In your post you denigrate the character of a former Patriot player and the owner yet you attribute this to “the Patriot way” as you put it.

    You want to separate the good character traits a Patriot’s player exhibits from the fact that he plays for the Patriots.

    It’s called hypocrisy. A character trait we can all freely associate with you no matter what organizations you are associated with.

  83. jalbs says: Jan 20, 2016 4:39 PM

    chadsmith013 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 4:00 PM

    too bad TMZ cant confirm his story with State Police..LOL

    ——————————————————–

    TMZ has been proven wrong. The Walpole police blog, which is online, has the accident at 4:18 last Thursday but it isn’t under Darius Fleming because he wasn’t involved in the accident. Lazy reporting, which is typical.

  84. lemmetalkwouldya says: Jan 20, 2016 4:41 PM

    TMZ has now been proven wrong. Walpole mass police have an accident listed in the police log for the correct date and time corresponding with what Fleming said happened.

    TMZ called several area police departments in other towns, who naturally would not have any record of an accident TMZ call several area Police Department in other towns, who naturally would not have any record of an accident that occurred in Walpole mass.

  85. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 20, 2016 5:59 PM

    tmsclade says:
    Jan 20, 2016 4:03 PM
    While I hope that the story is true, it reminds me of the college player last year that claimed to get the high ankle sprain jumping off of a balcony to save a young family member, then not be true. There should have been corroborating stories that came out before now.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Well there is a corroborating report from the Walpole PD so your hope is confirmed.

  86. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 20, 2016 6:01 PM

    Ferdinand says:
    Jan 20, 2016 3:20 PM
    Great story. Too bad none of the area police or fire departments have even heard about this accident. Nor has the Dunkin Donuts he claims it was just down the road from.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Walpole is the town next to Foxborough. Their police department has the report for the accident.

  87. davew128 says: Jan 20, 2016 7:00 PM

    chadsmith013 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 4:00 PM

    too bad TMZ cant confirm his story with State Police..LOL
    ********************
    Not surprisingly since it happened on Rte 1, not I-95 or 495.

  88. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 20, 2016 7:12 PM

    chadsmith013 says:
    Jan 20, 2016 4:00 PM
    too bad TMZ cant confirm his story with State Police..LOL
    ———————–

    If you count on TMZ for news you have more problems than TMZ’s credibility and that is saying something. Local media had no trouble tracking it down. 3 hours later and this poster has yet to return with a ‘my bad’ comment, chadsmith would do well at 345 Park Ave

  89. daytontriangles says: Jan 20, 2016 7:39 PM

    They say actions speak louder than words.

    In the week leading up to the AFC championship with have seen an exceptional action from a Patriot and far too many words from the Broncos.

  90. ebdug says: Jan 20, 2016 9:10 PM

    Players saves woman from burning car: not news. Pats come in at full strength: news.

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