“Pay It Forward”: Chiefs Guard Jeff Allen Rewards Stranger Who Helped Him
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“Pay It Forward”: Chiefs Guard Jeff Allen Rewards Stranger Who Helped Him


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – January 16, 2019

Several hours before the Chiefs’ divisional playoff game, when much of the city was plastered in a thick coating of snow, offensive lineman Jeff Allen, 29, was stranded in the snow and needed help. His car got stuck in a snowdrift, and he was having a difficult time getting it out.

Although crews worked tirelessly to clear the roads to Arrowhead Stadium, there were still major challenges.

That’s when a stranger who had no idea who Allen was stopped to help him out. Allen managed to make it to the game that day, and the Chiefs won 31-13 to advance to the AFC Championship on Sunday against the New England Patriots.

After the game, Allen took to social media, hoping to track down the man whom he hadn’t had a chance to thank, to give him a small token of appreciation.

“My car got stuck in the snow before the game & a nice guy named Dave help pull me out without knowing I was a player. I want to give him tickets to the AFC championship game for helping but don’t have a way to contact him. He drove a 97 or 98 Black Suburban. Pls RT.”

It didn’t take long for Allen’s plea to be answered.

According to KTRK-TV, the man who helped Allen was Dave Cochran. Cochran is homeless, and reportedly lives in his truck with his girlfriend and small dog.

“I was driving down 40 highway [U.S. Highway 40] and saw a couple cars stuck,” Cochran told KSHB-TV. “I pulled one car out before that then I saw another car stuck and I told my old lady, ‘We have to help him.’”

“It said Texas plates,” Cochran said. “He wasn’t used to this weather. He isn’t used to this coldness. He is from Texas.”

“After I got done helping him, he told me he’s a Chiefs player,” Cochran recounted. “I didn’t look at him as no Chiefs player. I just looked at him as a normal person. You know, and I’d hope that he would do the same for me as I did for him.”

Later Sunday, Jeff Allen tweeted “Update: Despite the recent influx in people changing their name to Dave in the KC area lol, I was actually able to track down the Dave that helped me thanks to the power of social media and #ChiefsKindgom. Thanks for your kindness”

Cochran is overwhelmed by the attention but said he didn’t help for any other reason than he felt it was the right thing to do. As he said, it was “just his natural habit” to help people, and that he never expected anything in return.

Of course, Cochran, who said he’s never been to a Chiefs game in his life, is excited for the chance to go to the AFC Championship game at 5:40 p.m. Sunday against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Cochran said. “I saw the message this morning, and I am not going to fake with you, call me soft if you want to homeboys, I started bawling to know he is a man of his word and he reached out to contact me.”

Author: USA Really