Instead of dodging blockers on the football field, a Middle Tennessee State University player found himself dodging an out-of-control van, beer bottles and racial words.
Now, a father and son are sitting in jail accused of alcohol-fueled road rage.
MTSU senior middle linebacker Roderic Blunt, 23, is used to leaving it all on the field.
"When I play this Saturday, that's when I will take all my anger out," Blunt said.
He took the high road Monday night, and chose to control his anger, during a dangerous road rage incident with another driver in Murfreesboro.
"My first thought was, 'I'm a football player. I'm about to graduate and I don't need to do anything to jeopardize that,'" he said.
Blunt and his girlfriend Dana Terry had just left her mother's home when a driver began tailgating them.
"I was pressing on my brakes to give him the indication that he was driving too fast," Blunt said. "After that he ended up swerving."
The driver, according to Blunt, sped up, pulled in front of him and slammed on his brakes. The passenger hung out the window and started name calling.
"Both were flicking us off and calling us the 'N-word this,'" he said.
Blunt was able to get the tag number, and his girlfriend stayed on the phone with a Murfreesboro police dispatcher, giving her the play-by-play.
He said the next thing he knew, the men started throwing beer bottles at the car, and cracked the windshield.
"That's when I said, they were taking it way too far," Blunt said.
This allegedly went on for several miles until the two pulled over into the parking lot of the Kangaroo Gas Station on S. Church St.
There were a lot of people who saw what was going on. Witnesses told police they were surprised Blunt was able to stay calm, and keep his composure, even with the men attacking him.
"One of the witnesses said, 'I was so posed taking all of that,' being spat in the face, and getting swung at and punched," Blunt said.
Blunt said the advice he received from his father, and his father on the football field, MTSU head football Coach Rick Stockstill, was enough for him to keep his cool.
"Coach Stockstill always said, 'If you do right off the field, you'll do well on the field,'" said Blunt.
Police ended up arresting Wade Flannery, 48, of Murfreesboro, on DUI charges, implied consent and furnishing alcohol to minors.
Flannery's son, Daxton, 20, was arrested for public intoxication, underage drinking and disorderly conduct.
"I'm just glad the police got those two off the streets because they were under the influence," Blunt said. "I honestly believe if that didn't happen to me they might have gotten into a car crash and killed somebody."
Flannery remains in the Rutherford County jail on a $4,500 bond.
Bond was set for his son in the amount of $6,750.
Both are scheduled to appear in court in Dec. 10.
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