Watch: NFL Player Helps Stranded Driver as Only an Offensive Lineman Can


NFL players are in the news all too often for the wrong reasons, but many of them are good citizens who help their communities in a variety of ways.

Some go out of their way to help when they see others in need.

Two such good deeds were done recently by players on the Indianapolis Colts.

Colts guard Mark Glowinski helped a stranded motorist this week by pushing the person’s car to the nearest gas station.

“When a good deed doubles as an offseason workout,” the team tweeted Thursday, along with a video of his actions.

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The 6-foot-4, 310-pound lineman out of West Virginia noticed that a car had run out of gas at a stop light on West 56th Street in Indianapolis.

Glowinski jumped into action, pushing the car and then running behind it to push it again for another jolt of lineman power.

The driver, who wasn’t identified, was grateful, saying, “Always doing work in the community,” according to WTHR-TV in Indianapolis.

Glowinski’s father expressed his pride on Twitter.

The 27-year-old Glowinski started nine games for the Colts last year and is projected to be the team’s starting right guard this year. He signed a three-year, $18 million extension after the season.

He’s not the only Colt caught doing good deeds this offseason.

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In April, linebacker Darius Leonard stopped to help a motorist in the Indianapolis area change a flat tire on a busy highway.

“Darius Leonard continues to be an outstanding player on and off the field. So thankful to God that he stopped and helped me. Much love!” Martha Isbell tweeted April 21.

In an interview published earlier this week, Colts GM Chris Ballard talked about the importance of character on his team.

“There are times (during the season) when it’s not going to go the way you want it to go,” Ballard told The Goshen News. “Well, who digs out of those? People that have the right makeup to get you out of the hole.

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“I really believe last year that was a reason why (the team made the playoffs). I mean Frank (Reich) and his staff did an unbelievable job of coaching, one. Then, two, you had a locker room of men who weren’t going to be denied.

“So to me (character) is important. Look, I am realistic enough that we aren’t going to have a locker room full of choir boys, and it’s not always going to be perfect. They’ve got to have talent. I mean, talent wins in this league. We say it all the time, when they’ve got talent and character, that’s a home run.”

He certainly has an abundance of character in these two players.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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