Chiefs G Allen gives helpful man tickets to AFC title game
A Kansas City Chiefs fan named David Cochran is going to the AFC Championship Game next Sunday for doing a good deed. A snowstorm bombarded the Kansas City area on Saturday, and the vehicle of Chiefs guard Jeff Allen got stuck in approximately eight inches of snow as he was trying to make it to Arrowhead Stadium for his team's playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. Allen encountered a man, who identified himself simply as Dave, who helped get him his car out.
He asked for Dave's phone number and was entering it into his phone when his phone rang and he lost the number. So late Saturday night, Allen began a social-media search for Dave. He put out the word on his Twitter account and said he wanted to give the helpful man tickets to the AFC title game. "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," Allen wrote.
"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 #ChiefsKingdom" Allen had to sift through numerous impostors claiming to be the man before finally being contacted by the correct "Dave" on Twitter. "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," Allen wrote. "Thanks for your kindness" The Kansas City Star met up with Cochran in the parking lot at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday and confirmed his identity.
NBC affiliate KSHB-TV reported that Cochran is homeless and living in the truck with his girlfriend and his dog. In a video interview, Cochran did say of his vehicle, "It's my home." As for his reaction when hearing about the reward from Allen? "I seen the message this morning," Cochran said in a video interview. "Call me soft if you want to home boys, but I started bawling, I started bawling. "Just to know he is a man of his word and reached out to contact me. It is like a dream come true." The Chiefs will host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game next Sunday at 6:40 p.m. ET.
(With inputs from agencies.)