New England Patriots player Vince Wilfork wants people to know he’s no hero; he just did what needed to be done. But there’s no doubt that one woman feels a little differently today after Wilfork stopped upon a car accident in which her SUV was overturned and helped pull her to safety on Sunday night, just after his team’s win against the Colts.
38-year old Mary Ellen Brooks was trapped in her vehicle until Wilfork came along and, with the help of police, helped keep her calm and pulled her free from the wreckage with one hand, because you know, that’s what you do when you’re a strapping NFL player with a brand-spanking-new AFC Championship win under your belt.
“I just wanted to get her to safety. It wasn’t a big deal. It’s just seeing somebody that needed help. I helped them,” Wilfork said on Monday.
According to the Massachusetts State Police blog, Brooks saw her luck end there; she was eventually arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
“Mr. Wilfork departed after ensuring the troopers didn’t need any further assistance. Foxboro Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene to check on BROOKS. She was subsequently placed under arrest by Trooper Michael Lokitis, and was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle,” reads the blog, which contains a photo of the accident.
The New England Patriots took the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 on Sunday night, with Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen grabbing headlines for her adorable Instagram posts before the game.
She also helped her husband celebrate afterward and posted a photo of the two of them as he showed off his championship hat.
Brady responded on Monday morning to allegations that the New England Patriots cheated by using partially deflated balls during the game, which are reportedly easier to throw and keep a grip on in wet weather.
“I think I’ve heard it all. It’s ridiculous…. That’s the last of my worries. I don’t even respond to stuff like this,” he said in an interview with WEEI Radio.
An investigation was reportedly opened into the allegations, and if found guilty, the New England Patriots could face a fine and may possibly lose draft picks in the future.