Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

Kansas City Chiefs lineman Jeff Allen rewards Good Samaritan with AFC Championship Game tickets

En route to his playoff game Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs guard Jeff Allen’s BMW got stuck in the 8 inches of snow that blanketed the city. As he tried to dig his car out, a man in Chevy Suburban asked if he needed a tow.

Indeed he did, and the man was able to get Allen out of the snow and on his way. Allen thanked the man, but was only able to get his first name: Dave.

After K.C. took out Indy, 31-13, to reach its first AFC Championship Game since 1994, Allen sent out a message on Twitter seeking help in locating Dave. And before long, the seven-year NFL vet found his man, to whom Allen gifted tickets to the first AFC title game ever played in Kansas City.

As local news stations picked up on this story, they spoke with Dave Cochran — and discovered that the Suburban that towed Allen’s BMW (and other cars) to safety was also Cochran’s home. He’s a homeless man living out of his car, and was very eager to help stranded passengers in the snowstorm.

“God blessed me to be able to get around in this, so I try to bless other people to help them because I know it’s cold out here,” Cochran said in a video posted by the Kansas City Star.

And with the help of KSHB’s Steven Dial, thousands of people learned about Cochran’s story, and more than $15,000 has been donated to Cochran through a GoFundMe page.

Meanwhile, Allen and the Chiefs are preparing to face the New England Patriots, who are appearing in their eighth consecutive AFC Championship Game. The AFC’s two best teams square off Sunday at 6:40 p.m. ET.

“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.” — Luke 10:33

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