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Master Patrol Officer Michael Blackmore was able to use his love for football to keep a man from jumping to his death early Saturday morning.

Blackmore, along with two other officers, responded to the scene at about 3:45 a.m., and approached a man who was sitting on a guardrail with his feet dangling over the highway.

After some coaxing, Blackmore was able to learn that the man was a fan of the South Carolina Gamecocks college football team as well as the Washington Redskins.

“You’re just having a bad night tonight,” Blackmore told him. “But tomorrow night, when you’re sitting around and you’re watching the Gamecocks – or on Sunday when you’re watching the Redskins play or whatever – you’ll look back [like], ‘Man, what was I thinking Friday night?’ You’re just having a bad night.”

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Blackmore also used the man’s hatred of the Dallas Cowboys to get his attention.

“I’ll see you sometime next week one day and say, ‘How about those Redskins?’ I’m definitely gonna pull for them when they play Dallas, because I hate Dallas,” the officer said.

Following that exchange, the officers were able to pull the man to safety, where he was treated by local EMS responders and taken to the hospital.

“I just wanted to get his mind off of what was bothering him,” Blackmore told The State.

Blackmore has used football do talk someone off the edge once before, as he recalled in an situation from last month.

“It was pretty much the same exact thing,” Blackmore said. “I ended up talking to the guy about football. He told me he was a Notre Dame fan.”

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