Ben Patrick couldnt believe it was happening again.
As he drove up I-17 near Black Canyon City with a convoy of friends on Saturday -- heading for a mountain getaway -- they came upon a van, lying on its side off the road, with several people trapped inside and the smell of gasoline filling the air.
It was weird, said Patrick, a free-agent tight end who played four seasons for the Cardinals (2007-2010) and spent last season out of football after the Giants released him. I had an almost identical situation happen to me my third year in college at Duke University.
That one didnt have a happy ending. Unable to get any leverage in the wet ground, or pry open the doors or windows, Patrick and another man watched a man slowly die inside an upside down van, with his face pressed grotesquely up against the windshield.
It stuck with me a long time, although I havent told many people about it, Patrick said. Its hard to watch a man die right in front of you. The other guy was holding his h...