American Football: Vince Wilfork rescues woman from car crash

Vince Wilfork
Wilfork was part of the Patriots team that won the 2005 Super Bowl

New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork rescued a woman injured in a car crash, hours after helping his team reach the Super Bowl.

Earlier, the 33-year-old had played in his side's 45-7 defeat of Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game.

But on his way home from the Gillette Stadium with his wife, Wilfork saw a jeep roll over with a woman inside.

"The only thing I thought about was seeing somebody in there and getting them to safety," he said.

''It was something that we saw and we knew she needed help and we helped.''

Wilfork, who weighs 23st 3lb (146.1kg), reached into the jeep and pulled the woman out with one hand.

The 38-year-old woman was subsequently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Police at the scene of the accident
Police said they were "surprised" to find Wilfork already helping at the scene when they arrived

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