Head Coach Anthony Lynn was asked about his team’s heroics time and time again in 2018 as the Los Angeles Chargers tied for the AFC’s best record at 12-4.
However, the play of his team paled in comparison to the heroics Lynn discussed following the Bolts’ Wild Card win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Joining the Dan Patrick Show the next day, the head coach was asked about the night he almost died on August 20, 2005.
Lynn was the Dallas Cowboys’ running backs coach at the time and went out for a slice of pizza with the team’s wide receivers coach, Todd Haley. As they left the restaurant, Lynn was struck by a drunk driver, flying 50 feet in the air before totaling a Volkswagen parked on the other side of the street.
“I ended up getting hit by a drunk driver, and by all means, I probably should have died that night,” Lynn said. “I got hit by a car going 60 miles an hour (by a driver) at least three times the legal limit drunk. But I survived, and Todd was with me the whole time.”
Doctors later told him it was a miracle he survived after suffering a pair of collapsed lungs, multiple broken ribs, temporary paralysis and more that required several surgeries.
Overall, Lynn owes his life to Haley’s presence and the quick thinking of the first responders on the scene.
“I had no idea what had happened, and I kept trying to get up, and I really couldn’t get up,” Lynn recalled. “I couldn’t feel my legs. For two days I couldn’t feel my lower body.”
The first responders arrived quickly, and they found Lynn lying on the pavement struggling to breathe as he drifted in and out of consciousness. They opened his airway, stabilized his neck and rushed him to the hospital in the ambulance.
Lynn’s story of survival is once again at the forefront over 13 years later. His is one of 12 garnering national attention during Super Bowl weekend in an ad that pays homage to the country's first responders. After all, Lynn knows as well as anyone that the true heroes are those who save lives without fanfare on a daily basis.