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02/28/2012 01:01 pm ET

Ben Patrick, NFL Tight End, Rescues People Trapped In Van (VIDEO)

Former Arizona Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick earned some new fans over the weekend after he witnessed a van flip over while driving along Interstate 17 near Black Canyon in Phoenix, Ariz., Azfamily.com reports.

Patrick, 27, was driving in his Lamborghini and stopped when he saw the van, rushed to the scene and saw people trapped inside. Patrick said he smelled gasoline and immediately started pulling the people out of the van with the help of some of his friends and strangers.

"My first thought was just to help the people on the inside," Patrick said. "I ran over and I looked in the front window and everybody was laying sideways and I debated on kicking the window in, but I didn't want to get glass over everyone."

Patrick called it an "out of body experience" but insisted to WSAV.com that he isn't a hero.

"That's what I was raised to do," he said. "If people need help you help."

Patrick is best known for catching a touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. He did not play in 2011, but according to Yahoo!'s "Shutdown Corner," he is hoping to play for the Carolina Panthers in 2012.

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