MANKATO (AP) -- Former Minnesota Vikings great Chuck Foreman has a new fan after helping a 9-year-old boy who was struck by a car before the Vikings' scrimmage Friday night.
Foreman, 49, helped Taylor Flanagan after the boy was struck by a car while riding his bike on the Minnesota State, Mankato campus. Foreman, signing autographs near the scene of the accident, rushed to help Taylor, called 911 and then called Taylor's father. Foreman comforted Taylor until emergency workers arrived and then helped put the chain on the youngster's bike.
"He was very nice to do that," Taylor said.
Taylor was riding in a crosswalk when his bicycle collided with a car. He was thrown from the bike and treated for bruises on his knee and elbow. The driver of the car -- who said her view was blocked by another vehicle -- hit the brakes and skidded into Flanagan.
Foreman starred for Minnesota from 1973 to 1979 and still holds the team's career rushing record with 5,879 yards.
Bill Flanagan, 40, Taylor's father, said he was excited that one of his childhood heroes turned out to be a nice guy.
"I even heard him say to Taylor: 'John Randle couldn't take a hit like that,"' Flanagan said.
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