Homeless man's life turns around after he unknowingly helps NFL star Jeff Allen pull his car out of the snow
Not only did Chief's Jeff Allen gift Cochran AFC Championship Game tickets, he was also inundated with offers of help from various quarters
A good Samaritan from Kansas City is reaping the rewards for his kindness.
After several inches of snow covered Missouri city on Saturday, Dave Cochran helped strangers along US. Highway 40 pull their cars out after they were stuck, People reports.
Cochran, who is homeless and a staunch Kansas City Chiefs fan, didn't know that one of the travelers he helped that day was actually Chiefs player Jeff Allen.
Driving his 2019 BMW, Allen was on his way to the Chiefs game against the Indianapolis Colts at the time. In a conversation with CBS affiliate KCTV, Cochran said, “I rolled down my window and I asked them if they needed help. They said, ‘Yeah! We’re trying to get to the game.’"
According to the outlet, Cochran towed Allen's car out of the snow using his truck, which also serves as his home. His kindness helped the athlete successfully make it to the game.
That said, Cochran’s selfless act did not go unnoticed.
Allen asked people on Twitter to help him track Cochran down in a bid to thank him and present him with AFC Championship Game tickets. “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,” tweeted Allen.
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 https://t.co/e4OkEg6AAw— Jeff Allen (@JeffAllen71) January 13, 2019
Cochran was overjoyed when he found out about Allen's message and created a Twitter account to respond to him. He tweeted a video saying it was him who helped the NFL star. “I seen that message and people called me,” Cochran told KCTV. “I started bawling out of happiness and excitement.”
According to the Kansas City Star, Cochran has a troubled past filled with run-ins with the law and personal suffering. “I was in prison from 2008 to 2015 with a six-month break in between,” Cochran told the outlet. “People gave me chances. People didn’t give up on me.”
Now, Cochran's kindness has garnered even more support for him. Several social media users are rooting for him to succeed and turn his life around. A GoFundMe page was set up by Justin Manford, a total stranger to Cochran, in a bid to raise money to “give Dave the leg-up to get on the path that he wants.” The crowdfunding has already crossed $17,000 of its $10,000 goal.
It's not just people who are impressed with the homeless man. Several businesses have reached out to help Cochran, with one replacing the broken windows in his car, and another gifting winter clothes to him and his fiancée, according to KSHB in Kansas City.
“We’ve got a lot of caring, good-hearted people in Kansas City,” Cochran told the Kansas City Star. “I want to use this to build myself up. I want to give back.