Patriots’ Vince Wilfork uses one hand to pull woman from crashed SUV

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, shakes hands with defensive lineman Vince Wilfork after a win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game Sunday.
(Elise Amendola / Associated Press)

New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork didn’t have the biggest performance of his career against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, but that didn’t stop him from making an impact after the game.

Wilfork helped pull a woman out of an overturned SUV he came upon while driving home from the Patriots’ 45-7 victory over the Colts in the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium.

According to Massachusetts State Police, Wilfork stopped at the site of the crash and talked to the driver until police arrived. The woman could not get out of the vehicle until Wilfork managed to pull her out with one hand while an officer held open the driver’s side door.

Wilfork left once officers said they were capable of handling the situation.

“I just wanted to get her to safety,” Wilfork told reporters Monday. “It wasn’t a big deal. It’s just seeing somebody that needed help. I helped them.”


The 38-year-old woman, identifed as Mary Ellen Brooks of Hanson, Mass., was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.