We often look at celebrities and athletes as heroes, as inhuman. Well, recently, one athlete managed to make that expectation a reality. Former NFL defensive lineman Brandon Bair saved a man from a flaming semi-truck minutes after it had been struck by a train on Thursday, according to East Idaho News. While driving on Highway 20 in St. Anthony, Idaho at around 5:45 p.m., Bair saw a semi-truck get hit by a train. Instantly, he said, the truck exploded. In the interview to the East Idaho News, Bair said: “There was an explosion right away, and the train was pushing the truck down the tracks. I got on the phone with 911 and started driving down the median to get to the front of the train when it stopped.”
When Bair got to the scene of the crash, he said he saw conductors getting out of the train. Smoke was everywhere, but he heard a voice coming from inside the truck. Bair further said in the interview: “It was a conscious decision that I’m going in because he needs help right now. I ran up to the window and saw dripping hot flames all over the inside of the truck. I could see a guy in a seatbelt and be 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 … We walked away, and within seconds, the fire on the roof fell down and inside and the whole cab went up in flames. A few minutes later, there were a couple of big booms and explosives.”
The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Bair climbed halfway into the wreckage and pulled 25-year-old Steven Jenson out through a rear window between the passenger seat and the driver’s seat. Jenson was in stable condition as of early Friday at a local hospital, according to ESPN. The crash is being investigated. Bair, 36, played at Oregon for four seasons, appeared in 21 games for the Eagles in 2014 and 2015, and recorded 28 total tackles. Bair also spent time on the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders before he retired in 2016. Bair believes him being at the scene of the crash 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,” he said.