Donte Stallworth did not know if he would make it out alive after the hot-air balloon he was touring in hit power lines on its way to the ground.
Stallworth and friend Soleil Guerrero suffered severe non life-threatening burns in March during the accident. The former Patriots wide receiver opened up Wednesday for the first time about the incident, and what he and Guerrero went though.
In an exclusive interview with FOX Sports, Stallworth said the first sign of trouble that fateful day was when the balloon operator radioed to his ground crew saying that he would not be able to make his intended landing spot. After surveying a second landing spot, the balloon operator told his ground crew to assemble there and prepare for their landing.
The balloon operator and his passengers soon saw power lines in the distance. The pilot discussed this potential hazard with his ground crew, Stallworth said, and asked the football player, whom he had given an anchor-like device to hold, to throw it o...