Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman was enjoying his last cheat meal before heading to training camp, when his brute strength was needed in a dire situation Sunday afternoon.
Freeman was eating at a restaurant inside Austin's Bergstrom International Airport, when he saw a man inside the restaurant in distress. An older woman, recognizing the man was choking, tried to administer the Heimlich maneuver, but she wasn't strong enough to get any results, so the 6-foot, 236-pound Freeman sprang into action.
"I grabbed him and tried to squeeze the life out of him," Freeman told the Chicago Tribune. "You've got to push in and up. So I did that and he started throwing up what he was choking on. I asked him if he was all right and he shook his head like 'No!'"
So, Freeman tried again.
"I grabbed him again and hit him again with it," Freeman added. "And when I put him down the second time, his eyes got big. He was like, 'Oh, my god! I think you just saved my life, man!' It was crazy."
After everything settled down, the choking man – Austin attorney Marcus Ryan – inquired about Freeman's strength and wasn't surprised to learn his hero was a professional football player.
The pair even posted for a photo, which Freeman posted on social media.
Freeman said after everything settled down, his new friend went back to finish off his brisket plate.
"Crazy," Freeman said. "Hey, I guess that was some good brisket. He wasn't about to let that go to waste. You can't get between a man and his brisket. I get it."