Homeless man who helped Chiefs player get to game gets gifts, free tickets and more

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The story of a homeless man pushing a Kansas City Chiefs player’s car out of the snow made national headlines this weekend.  To say thanks, NFL player Jeff Allen is giving Dave Cochran tickets to this weekend’s AFC championship game. 

But Cochran’s good deed also put a spotlight on his past misdeeds. 

“I don’t know how to express it, I didn’t expect none of this, I did what I normally do,” Dave Cochran said. Hours before Saturday’s playoff game offensive lineman Jeff Allen and his wife became stuck in the snow.  Cochran helped pull their car out and now many in the community are embracing him.

But not everyone. “They look at my criminal past and what I have been charged with, they use that against me, I am going to prove them wrong and better myself and not make a fool out of anyone who is on our side,” Cochran said. 

Dave’s life is filled with mugshots. Stealing and breaking into cars has landed him in jail dozens of times.  But he says he doesn’t live that life anymore.  “They call me crash because of my prison background, but I am not going to be anyones crash dummy anymore, I have to make my sister proud.”

Many people locally and nationally are helping Dave. A gofundme.com campaign has raised thousands of dollars. 

“We saw your story at 5 yesterday and it kickstarted the idea and we want to make sure that Dave is going to have cold weather gear,” said Eric Tadda of E. Edwards Workwear. E Edwards Workwear gave Dave and his fiance clothes, boots and gift cards. 

Ivan King of KC Glass Guys said “I noted he had bags on his back windows and said he was living out of his vehicle. We can put glass in we have some in the shop.”  “It’s just warming to know people want to take care of their own in Kansas City,” King said.

“There are so many good Samaritans in this town but how many are homeless, how many don’t have the basics, to pull over and help someone out when you don’t have it yourself,” Tadda added.

One random act of kindness has turned into hundreds of responses to help a man in need – get a second chance at life.  “I don’t know how to express it, I am so overwhelmed, I just want to say thank you,” Cochran said.  

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