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'Strength of God': Football Players Lift Truck Off Pinned Man

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A freak accident that left a New Mexico man pinned under his truck could have ended tragically, but for some burly college football players nearby. Eastern New Mexico University defensive lineman Chevy Mikaele and outside linebacker Ben Langford went to church post-practice, but shortly after arriving, they heard desperate calls for help from outside, reported NBC affiliate KOB. When they went to investigate with several members of the church, they discovered a man trapped beneath his truck. "The truck was completely crushing him, completely on his chest," said Pastor Johnny Pacheco.

With Mikaele and Langford leading the way, the parishioners hoisted the truck off the man. “When I dragged him out, he wasn't breathing at all," said Pacheco. But eventually John Reilly, who said his truck suddenly switched gears and rolled on top of him while he was working on it, started breathing. Reilly is being treated at a nearby hospital for a cracked spine.

"Thank God for these guys that were there," said his wife, Mary Reilly. The football players credit a higher power, too. “It took the strength of God for us to pick this up, so all the glory goes to God, not us,” said Langford. The students’ football coach, Josh Lynn, said the team members are “humble people.” Mikaele and Langford are “great young men,” Lynn said. “They helped save a man’s life.”

— Elisha Fieldstadt

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