- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 6, 2014

Football players from a New Mexico university are being hailed as heroes after lifting a truck weighing nearly three tons off a man who was being crushed underneath.

Defensive lineman Chevy Mikaele and outside linebacker Ben Langford for Eastern New Mexico University were at church Wednesday night in Portales when they heard cries for help from a man across the street, a local NBC affiliate reported.

“The truck was completely crushing him, completely on his chest,” said Pastor Johnny Pacheco.

The players and other members of the church ran to help the man, lifting the truck two feet in the air to get him out, the station reported.

“When I dragged him out, he wasn’t breathing at all,” the pastor said. “We looked for a pulse, but there was no pulse that we could find.”

John Reilly was fixing his truck when it switched gears and rolled on top of him. He is still fighting for his life in a Lubbock hospital with a cracked spine, the NBC affiliate reported.

“Thank God for these guys that were there,” said his wife, Mary Reilly.

The players said it was a fluke they were even there that day. They said they usually go home after practice, but decided to go straight to church instead.

“It wasn’t us, it was God,” Mr. Mikaele said. “You can see this truck looks pretty heavy; it wasn’t us. It took the strength of God for us to pick this up, so all the glory goes to God, not us.”

Mr. Langford added: “We firmly believe that God knew it was going to happen and that he put us here at the right place at the right time.”

An early 1990s Ford F-150 pickup truck similar to the one said to have pinned Mr. Reilly weighs about 5,250 pounds, AOL reported.

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