Panthers FB Alex Armah Stops Would-Be Car Thief with Armbar

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2019

Carolina Panthers fullback Alex Armah watches during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Carolina Panthers fullback Alex Armah may have a second career in mixed martial arts after he stopped a would-be car thief using a move typically seen in the UFC. 

Per Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer, Armah used an armbar submission hold to take down a man he saw trying to break into his car Wednesday: 

"He was just like, 'Hey man, is this your car?' And I asked him what he was doing inside of it... He was in denial, like, 'Nah, nah, I was just admiring it.' He kept trying to lie. I said, 'C'mon man, I have a camera that clearly shows you were in my car. ... He was like, 'My friend lives here, I was just walking through. At that point, me and the concierge looked at each other and the dude tried to make a run for it. I snatched him up by his shirt. 

"Eventually I get him on the ground, and I put him in an armbar."

The would-be car thief, Daniel Cagle, was subsequently arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg (North Carolina) police and charged with attempting to break into or enter a motor vehicle. 

Even though Armah doesn't have extensive training in MMA, the 6'2", 255-pounder offered insight about how he developed his technique while speaking to ESPN.com's David Newton

"I'm the youngest of four; I've got two older brothers," the Georgia native said. "We always messed around, wrestled and everything. I watched some wrestling here and there on TV, some MMA, all that good stuff. It was nothing new to me."

The good news for Armah is he was able to protect his car and help stop a potential crime in the process. He can return to his day job as an NFL player and prepare for the 2019 season. 

Armah was a sixth-round draft pick by the Panthers in 2017 out of West Georgia. The 24-year-old has appeared in 25 games over the past two seasons and recorded the first two touchdowns of his career in 2018.

 

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