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Former NFL defensive end Brandon Bair may have only played in 21 games in his NFL career, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t still making a big impact off the field. On Thursday, he actually saved a man from a flaming semitruck.
According to East Idaho News, Bair pulled a man from the flames after his truck was hit by a train.
The former lineman said he was driving on Highway 20 in St. Anthony, Idaho, Thursday when he noticed a train slam into a semitruck, triggering an immediate explosion.
Bair heard a voice from the truck and right away jumped into action, looking to get the potential victim out of the vehicle before he got seriously injured.
“It was a conscious decision that I’m going in because he needs help right now,” Bair told East Idaho News.
“I ran up to the window and saw dripping, hot flames all over inside of the truck. I could see a guy in a seatbelt and was able to reach in and get it off of him. He was talking, and I told him we had to get out of here now.”
The ex-Eagle and Raider was able to pull 25-year-old Steven Jenson out through a rear window between the passenger seat and the driver’s seat.
“We walked away, and within seconds, the fire on the roof fell down inside, and the whole seat and cab went up in flames,” Bair said.
“A few minutes later, there were a couple big booms and explosions.”
A hospital spokeswoman said that Jenson was airlifted to an area hospital and was in a stable condition as of early on Friday, but he did not have any life threatening injuries.
The former defensive lineman, who played in his career with the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders, retired after the 2015 season.