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Broncos running back De’Angelo Henderson was called an “accidental hero” after he inadvertently helped stop a high-speed police chase Saturday in the Denver suburbs and ended up in the hospital.

Anderson was driving his Jeep to pick up some barbecue takeout for himself and his fiancee just before 8 p.m. when he was T-boned by a woman fleeing police in a stolen vehicle, according to KUSA-TV‘s Mike Klis.

The impact sent the 25-year-old running back flying as his Jeep rolled over and landed wheels up.

“Everybody who was talking to the police said I was airborne and I flipped in the air and I landed on another car and I rolled after that,” Anderson told Klis in an interview.

He was able to get out of the vehicle on his own but was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Tests revealed no internal bleeding, and he was released.

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Anderson suffered a slightly sprained ankle and shoulder, but he knows it could have been much, much worse.

“I’m truly blessed that God protected me through this accident,” he said in an Instagram post Monday. “Without his favor I don’t know if I would’ve survived. I’m thankful to only came out with minor injuries and a few scrapes and bruises.”

With OTAs a week a way and a season that I’m competing for a significant roll, the most traumatic event I’ve probably ever had to deal with occurs. T-boned, airborne, flipped, and rolled. I plowed through my jammed door and exit my Jeep on my own. I’m truly blessed that God protected me through this accident. Without his favor I don’t know if I would’ve survived. I’m thankful to only came out with minor injuries and a few scrapes and bruises. Thank you to the Parker Police and South Metro Fire Rescue in Parker for getting to me asap, attending all my needs and transporting me to the hospital safely. Thank you to the doctors at Parker Adventist for treating me as a first class patient also. I’m very grateful and humbled to be alive. My family and I thanks everyone who has prayed for me over the last few days. My thoughts and prayers are with the other victims and I hope they all are safe and doing well. In the mean time I’m rehabbing and getting my body ready to participate in OTAs next week. Thanks everyone again!!! Jeremiah 29:11??

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Three other people were hospitalized with injuries from the crash, and Anderson acknowledged them in his post.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the other victims and I hope they all are safe and doing well,” he said.

Anderson finished with a Bible verse, Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”

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According to KUSA-TV, police named 37-year-old Rainbow Sunset Espinoza as the driver of the stolen vehicle.

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The report said she is facing 11 charges, including stealing a vehicle, driving recklessly, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, evading police, failing to turn on her headlights, driving a car without plates, driving while her license was revoked, running red lights, criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

Anderson was a sixth-round pick out of Coastal Carolina and played briefly for the Broncos last season as a rookie, gaining 13 yards on seven carries.

With Denver’s release of C.J. Anderson in the offseason, he has the opportunity for more playing time in 2018 as the No. 2 running back behind Devontae Booker.

“I’ll be ready for OTAs next week,” he told Klis.

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Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He has worked as an editor or reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years.
Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Miami (he dreams of wearing the turnover chain) and has worked as an editor and reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years. Todd started at The Miami News (defunct) and went on to work at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, The Baltimore Sun and Space News before joining Liftable Media in 2016. He and his beautiful wife have two amazing daughters and a very old Beagle.
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