Former Riders LB Jerrell Freeman performs Heimlich, saves life

One-time Roughriders linebacker Jerrell Freeman read the situation and arrived with authority in a Texas airport Sunday.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the former Rider was at the Austin, Texas airport on his way to training camp with the Chicago Bears when he saw a man choking: fellow traveller Marcus Ryan had some beef brisket lodged in his throat. Freeman sprung into action and unleashed two Heimlich manoeuvres and the second popped the food out.

From the Trib:

“I’ve never done the Heimlich before. I don’t think I’ve had any training or anything. My mom’s a nurse and she had talked about it. So I just did what I heard you should do. I guess it worked.”

Ryan, Freeman said, eventually went back at his brisket.

“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.”