By Josh Katzowitz
The last time we heard from Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick, he had just suffered a displaced kneecap in August 2010, and though that injury might sound rather, um, unhealthy, he said he was determined to be ready for that regular season.
It turns out, he was right, as he started in Week 1 and went on to catch a career-high 15 passes that season for Arizona, and though he was out of the league in 2011 following his surprising retirement, that kind of determination clearly isn’t reserved just for the football field.
As AZ Family reports, Patrick played the role of hero last weekend when he helped rescue a group of people who were trapped inside their overturned van following an auto accident on Saturday.
Patrick was driving his Lamborghini on Interstate 17 near Black Canyon, Az., when he came upon a van lying on its side. He stopped his car, and he smelled gas leaking from the van.
"My first thought was just to help the people on the inside," he said. “I ran over and I looked in the front window and everybody was laying sideways and I debated on kicking the window in, but I didn't want to get glass over everyone.”
Patrick retired before the 2011 season, saying he needed to attend to some family and personal matters, but about a month later, he unretired. The Giants held his rights, but released them, making him a free agent. He worked out for the Chiefs but didn’t sign a deal for 2011.
Patrick said he hopes to sign with the Panthers this year. But if not, Patrick can take solace in the fact that he’s already put forth a heroic performance so far in 2012.
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