"The first thing I told her was, 'Don't panic,' " the defensive tackle said

By Tara Fowler
Updated January 19, 2015 05:00 PM
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Heading to the Super Bowl isn’t enough for Vince Wilfork.

While the New England Patriots defensive tackle was driving home from Sunday night’s AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, he stopped to rescue a woman from an overturned SUV, the Massachusetts State Police posted on their news blog.

Just after midnight, “Troopers arrived to find a 2015 Jeep Wrangler rolled onto its side,” the blog reads. “To their surprise, New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork was beside the vehicle checking on the operator.”

The driver, 38-year-old Mary Ellen Brooks, was trapped in her car. So, together with the troopers, Wilfork helped pull the woman out.

“Trooper Kenneth Proulx stated that he held the driver’s door of the vehicle open, and Vince Wilfork reached in and helped lift the operator out of the vehicle with one hand,” the blog continued.

“It was something we saw and we knew she needed help, so we helped,” Wilfork told reporters Monday, according to WVCB. “The good thing is that we got her to safety.

“The first thing I told her was ‘don’t panic,’ ” he added. “My job was to help the person in the car.”

Brooks was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

All in all, it was a good night for Wilfork. In addition to saving the woman, he helped the Pats rout the Colts 45-7, earning the team a trip to Super Bowl XLIX. (Though the team is now reportedly being investigated for allegedly deflating footballs during the game.)

New England Patriots’ Vince Wilfork Pulls Woman from Car Crash After AFC Championship