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Freeman saves life of choking man

Posted Jul 25, 2017

Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman was in the right place at the right time Sunday, saving the life of a man who was choking by performing the Heimlich maneuver at an airport in Austin, Texas.

Jerrell Freeman was in the right place at the right time Sunday, saving the life of a man who was choking by performing the Heimlich maneuver at the Austin airport.

The Bears linebacker was returning to Chicago for training camp. When he received a text message indicating that his flight was delayed, he headed to a restaurant for lunch.

“I was just sitting down trying to enjoy a nice little chopped brisket sandwich,” Freeman told “Inside the Bears” co-hosts Anthony Adams and Lauren Screeden. “The guy was sitting a couple seats down from me. He stood up abruptly. No one knew what was going on. It looked like he had forgot something. He was frantic.”

A woman first tried to give the man, whose name is Marcus Ryan, the Heimlich maneuver. But she was too small to help him. That’s when the 6-foot, 236-pound linebacker stepped in.

“She was a little small lady and she wasn’t budging him at all,” Freeman said. “I ran around there and gave him a couple of them, a couple of Heimlich maneuvers.”

Freeman was able to dislodge the brisket the man was choking on. After the incident, the Bears linebacker tweeted a photo of the two.

Freeman had never performed the Heimlich maneuver on anyone, saying he learned about it in elementary school and remained aware of it because his mother is a nurse.

“You never really expect to use it,” he said.