The Green Bay Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys in dramatic fashion on Sunday. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott scored a go-ahead touchdown with just over one minute remaining, and then Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers drove down for the winning score just before time expired.
The Cowboys weren’t the only ones who got burned by that victory.
Two fans in Florida made a bet during the game. Timothy Salyers, a 27-year-old Packers fan, and Brianna Hook, a 22-year-old Cowboys fan, decided that the fan of the team that won would be allowed to take the losing fan’s jersey and burn it.
As time ran down with the Packers up 35-31, that meant that Salyers was the winner. He’d get to burn Hook’s Cowboys jersey. They went outside to do it.
That’s when things went terribly wrong. Per Mary Helen Moore of the TC Palm, “Salyers told sheriff’s deputies ‘he then grabbed the jersey with his right arm and attempted to put it on while it was on fire.’”
He wound up with second-degree burns all over his back, and he had third-degree burns running up and down his right hand and arm. Hook got him in the car and rushed him to the Indian River Medical Center, where he’s in the burn unit.
So, despite winning the bet, Florida Man Timothy Salyers still wound up in the hospital. It’s unclear why he thought wearing a flaming jersey was going to bring about any other result. Reports did not indicate when he’d be released or if he’d have to watch the Packers play the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 15 from his hospital bed.
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