Last Saturday, Jeff Allen was driving on U.S. Highway 40. At the same time, Dave Cochran was driving along the same road. That's all the two men had in common. Fate made them meet up on a snowy day in Kansas City.
Allen, who is from Chicago and went to both King High School and the University of Illinois, is an offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was heading for his team's playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. Allen drives a 2019 BMW.
Cochran is homeless. He and his fiance live in their car. It's a 1995 Suburban truck. "That's where we live. We try to make the best of it."
As Cochran drove past, he noticed there were a group of cars stuck in the snow. He decided that he could help them out. Cochran did that by tying up the cars to his Suburban and hitting the gas. VOILA!!! Everyone is freed up and on their way to their destinations.
Dave Cochran didn't know that Jeff Allen was a football player...even as he cheered for the Chiefs later that afternoon. Jeff Allen didn't know that Dave Cochran was homeless.
All Allen knew is he wanted to do something nice for the man who helped him out of a jam. Welcome to Twitter. He shared his story and social media went to work. It's one of those times when social media is used for good instead of evil.
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.
It went viral and Cochran was found.
Although Cochran is homeless, he tries to help others. He believes in paying it forward."If I can lend a helping hand, maybe others will do the same."
His good deed was about to pay off.
Today, the Chiefs are hosting the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. Dave Cochran will be attending the game. It's his first time at an NFL game, at Arrowhead Stadium. He'll be bringing his fiance and his sister. They'll be cheering on Allen and his teammates. The tickets are a thank you from the man he helped. Jeff Allen believes in paying it forward, too.
I told you, it was fate!
This is another piece in the ongoing series Faces Of Homelessness
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