Jesse Palmer performs Heimlich on ESPN’s Chris Fowler during Pinstripe Bowl

Former football player Jesse Palmer jumped quickly into action when he saw ESPN broadcaster Chris Fowler choking Saturday night during halftime of Saturday’s Pinstripe Bowl.

“I was watching Chris chew his food, and his eyes began to get big. He tried to swallow some water to clear his throat, then he had a look of panic on his face,” Mr. Palmertold ESPN’s Front Row.

That’s when the former Florida Gator performed the Heimlich maneuver on Mr. Fowler, apparently saving him from death-by-(dry) chicken.

“Never before needed a Heimlich at halftime. (Or any time)! thanks Jesse Palmer! He saved me from death by dry chicken sandwich. Really,” Mr. Fowler tweeted Saturday night.

“Not bad to have quick thinking, ex-NFL player around when Heimlich needed. I’ll take bruised ribs to avoid choking!” he added.

Mr. Palmer said he had never performed the Heimlich before.

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