At 12:45 a.m. Monday morning, just three hours after the New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts the AFC Championship Game, Vince Wilfork helped free a woman from her overturned vehicle on Route 1 in Foxborough.
“It gives you a second to actually think about the purpose in life,”Wilfork told WEEI’s Dale & Holley during his radio appearance Monday afternoon. “Here we are winning the AFC championship, we were all riding high and we’re happy about going to the Super Bowl, and you run into a car that is turned over.”
In a release, Massachusetts State Police said the operator of the 2015 Jeep Wrangler, 38-year-old Mary Ellen Brooks of Hanson, was unable to get out of the vehicle. Trooper Kenneth Proulx stated that he held the driver’s side door open, while Wilfork reached in to helped lift Brooks out of the vehicle with one hand.
“I kind of knew she didn’t know who I was, but it didn’t matter,” Wilfork said. “The only thing she needed to know that whatever person was helping her was just trying to help her to get to safety, and that’s the way I look at it. I was just an ordinary person trying to help another person.”
The Patriots defensive tackle left the scene after no further assistance was needed. Police said Brooks was placed under arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.