Homeless man helps Chiefs player make it to playoff game

Posted at 10:33 AM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 10:36:01-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KSHB) — Several hours before the Kansas City Chiefs’ playoff victory Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts, offensive lineman Jeff Allen was stranded in the snow and needed help.

KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 28: Jeff Allen #73 of the Kansas City Chiefs of the Kansas City Chiefs sits on the bench after a scoring drive during the third quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

That’s when a good Samaritan driving by stopped and offered to lend a hand.

“I was driving down (U.S.) 40 Highway and saw a couple cars stuck,” Dave Cochran said. “I pulled one car out before that, then I saw another car stuck and I told my old lady, ‘We have to help him.'”

Cochran, who is homeless and lives in his truck with his girlfriend and small dog, had no idea who was in the car, but he knew driving on snow-packed streets was a challenge for whoever was in the vehicle.

“It said Texas plates,” Cochran said. “He wasn’t used to this weather. He isn’t used to this coldness. He is from Texas.”

With thousands of fans flocking to Arrowhead Stadium, Allen was going to need help to get there before kickoff.

“(I) just pulled over,” Cochran said. “I went to help him, then he told me he was a Chiefs player. I didn’t know he was a Chiefs player. I looked at him as a normal person and hoped he would do the same for me like I did for him.”

Cochran may have hit a rough patch (“That is my home; my home is my truck,” he said), but it hasn’t made him bitter, as he proved Saturday with the small act of kindness.

After the game, Allen took to social media, hoping to track down Cochran and give him a small token of appreciation.

“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,” he tweeted. “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. Pls RT #ChiefsKingdom”

It didn’t take long for Allen’s plea to get answered.

Cochran is overwhelmed by the attention but said he didn’t help for any other reason than he felt it was the right thing to do.

“That’s a natural habit for me is to help people,” he said. “I don’t expect anything in return. All I was expecting was a thank you.”

Of course, Cochran, who said he’s never been to a Chiefs game in his life, is excited for the chance to go to the AFC Championship game at 5:40 p.m. Sunday against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Cochran said. “I saw the message this morning, and I am not going to fake with you, call me soft if you want to homeboys, I started bawling to know he is a man of his word and he reached out to contact me.”