Jalen Hurts helps fans after railing collapsed at FedEx Field as Philadelphia


LANDOVER, Maryland (WPVI) — Andrew Collins was not expecting to meet Jalen Hurts when he and 10 of his friends took a road trip to Washington, D.C. for the Eagles game on Sunday.

The Brooklawn, New Jersey native was also not expecting to fall from the stands onto the field and land at the quarterback’s feet, either.

But that’s exactly what happened when the railing gave way and dropped Collins and other fans onto the ground as the team was making their way back to the locker room after their 20-16 win over Washington.

Collins said he and his group were watching the game in a different section ten rows up. After Rodney McLeod’s end-zone interception with 24 seconds left, he said many Washington fans went for the exits.

He and his friends decided they could move to the stands near the tunnel so they would be able to say congrats to the Eagles as they left the field in victory.

“Next thing I knew there were about 30 people on my back,” Collins said.

As Hurts made his way towards the tunnel, he began high-fiving fans and that’s when the railing at the corner of FedEx Field gave way. The guard rail collapsed and brought a number of Eagles fans down with it, including Collins.

“It totally caught everybody off guard. I wasn’t expecting the thing to break, but it doesn’t surprise me that it did,” Collins said. “I was trying to give Hurts a high five. I thought I gave him a high five – next thing I know, I look up and he’s on top of me, pulling me up, giving me a hug.”

Collins had his cellphone recording the whole time.

Hurts snapped selfies with Collins and others fans who had just fallen from the stands. He even gave Collins his game-worn gloves.

No serious injuries were reported.

The Associated Press said Mark Tenally, a photo runner for The AP who was standing under the railing, was injured and attended to by medical personnel.

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“I’m happy everybody’s safe from it,” Hurts said in a postgame press conference. “It’s crazy stuff. It’s crazy stuff right there. That was a real dangerous situation.”

Collins said he walked away with a sore back but insisted that it was worth it to meet the Eagles quarterback.

“At the time, I was so full of adrenaline I didn’t feel anything. The only thing I felt was like ‘holy crap – this is crazy!'” Collins said. “I can’t even describe it. It was cool, though. Very cool.”

The Washington Football Team issued the following statement:

“The Washington Football Team is aware of an incident in the North Field Tunnel following today’s game. To our knowledge, everyone involved was offered onsite medical evaluation and left the stadium of their own accord. We’re very glad no one appears to have been seriously injured. The safety of our fans and guests is of the utmost importance and we are looking into what occurred.”

Hurts not only helped fans recover after their fall, but he also helped the Eagles secure a win against the Washington Football Team to move one step closer to the playoffs.

Hurts ran six times for 45 yards and was 17 of 26 passing for 214 yards in leading the Eagles to a fourth consecutive victory.

By the end of the night, the Eagles secured an NFC…



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