Life hasn’t been easy for David Cochran. The Kansas City native didn’t have the best of starts, and before he was even a teenager he had experienced life in a school under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. Crimes including theft and illegal substance abuse followed, leading to time behind bars between 2008 and 2015. But by January 2019 he had been clean for about three months. Even though he was living in his car, he was determined to turn his life around.
One day, he was afforded the perfect opportunity to put this new, positive outlook on life into practice. Driving on the highway during a blizzard, he saw another vehicle stranded in the snow by the side of the road. “I thought, ‘I just have to help him,’” he tells a reporter in a video posted on The Kansas City Star newspaper’s website later. The Good Samaritan pulled up and assisted the car by yanking it out. Remarkably, it wasn’t even the first time he had helped a car in trouble that day. “I pulled one guy out right before that,” he says.
His altruism was all the more poignant given how little David, or Dave as he usually goes by, himself has. The car he used to help pull out the stranger has broken rear windows, which are instead covered up with black plastic sacks. “It’s my home,” he explains to the reporter. Despite his hardships, however, he counts his blessings.
“God bless me to be able to get around in this, so I try to bless other people to help them get through here, because I know it’s cold out here,” he says. He had an inkling that the guy he helped might be especially unused to the cold. “[The car] had Texas plates, that why I said he ain’t used to this weather,” he explains.
As it turned out the man in question was none other than Kansas City Chiefs linesman Jeff Allen. He was on his way to the Arrowhead Stadium to play against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC divisional playoff game when disaster struck. And although he lost Dave’s number, the grateful sports star put out a Tweet to track him down. Dave’s reward for the kind deed? A pair of tickets to the AFC Championship Game. Now, that’s karma.