A former NFL defensive lineman’s heroic act was straight out of an action movie.
Brandon Bair, who spent time with three NFL teams, saved a man from a semitruck that was on fire after being hit by a train on Thursday, the East Idaho News reported.
While driving on Highway 20 in St. Anthony, Idaho at around 5:45 p.m., Blair saw a train strike the truck and the explosion that followed. The former Chief, Raider and Eagle called 911 and made his way to the truck after hearing a voice inside. Blair told the paper he made a conscious decision because the man needed immediate help.
“I ran up to the window and saw dripping, hot flames all over inside of the truck,” Bair said. “I could see a guy in a seat belt 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 6-foot-6, 260-pound Blair climbed into the truck, grabbed Steve Jenson and pulled the 25-year-old out through a rear window. Jenson was in stable condition as of early Friday at a local hospital, according to ESPN.
“We walked away, and within seconds, the fire on the roof fell down inside, and the whole seat and cab went up in flames,” the 36-year-old Bair said.
The former Oregon standout went undrafted and signed with the Chiefs in 2011. Bair played 21 NFL games and retired in 2016 after two seasons with the Raiders and one with the Eagles. Bair believes him being there was not a coincidence.
“All I can say is this guy was supposed to live. I’m a man of faith, and I’ve learned to listen to your gut and the promptings you get,” Bair said. “The Lord wanted him alive. Things could have gone a million different directions, but things worked out on his behalf.”