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A Bears player is being hailed a hero for saving a choking man.

FOX's Matt Napolitano reports:

Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman was stopping for a bite to eat at a restaurant in Austin-Bergstrom airport in Texas when he realized a fellow patron was choking on brisket, leading him to perform the Heimlich maneuver on the man.

In a video posted to the Chicago Bears Twitter page, Freeman reveals where he learned to perform the Heimlich...

(Freeman) "Mom's a nurse, so of course you hear about it... I know back in elementary school we were doing something with it."

That man, Marcus Ryan, would end up being okay. In fact, sharing a meal with Freeman...

(Freeman) "After he went and cleaned up and everything, I guess he went back and looked at the plate of brisket and was like 'yeah I'm gonna have to finish this.'"

Matt Napolitano, FOX News.

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