New England Patriots linebacker Darius Fleming is an apparent hero for rescuing a woman from a smoking car crash, pulling her from a vehicle and injuring himself in the process last week. He then played Saturday’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs with 22 stitches in his right leg — which hardly anyone else knew at the time, he told reporters Wednesday

Fleming told NFL reporters Wednesday that he saw three cars collide in front him two miles away from the Patriots’ home stadium last Thursday, Jan. 14. He said he was unable to open the woman’s car doors, so kicked in her window to pull her out. A witness told reporters that he freed the woman from her car “like a rag doll.” Read more…

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New England Patriot hailed as hero for rescuing woman from car crash