“This Is Not The Way I Want To Die” | Fox Sports Reporter Erin Andrews’ Driver Falls Asleep On Chicago Highway; Why Does She Mention Aaron Rodgers’ Name?

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Fox sports reporter Erin Andrews had an adventurous journey getting from Chicago to Green Bay for last week’s game between the Packers and Vikings. During the drive Andrews’ driver fell asleep at the wheel, putting his and her life in jeopardy. Andrews says as she joined in a conference call with fellow Fox broadcasters Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, she noticed the driver had dosed off. 

During her “Calm Down With Erin and Charissa” podcast, Andrews depicted how things went down and how they ended.

“I’m typing, headphones are working, we’re good. I hear snoring. I know it’s not Greg Olsen, Kevin Burkhardt, or Aaron Rodgers snoring. It’s my driver who fell asleep at the wheel. On a highway from Chicago!”

Podcast co-host Charissa Thompson, said, “Timeout. What do you mean fell asleep at the wheel?”

Andrews replied, “Snoring, sleeping.”

Thompson wanted more details.

“And the car is moving? We’re not parked?” Thompson asked.

“Moving, 65 miles per hour,” Andrews said. “I am so thankful I put my phone on mute because we’re on a Zoom. I put my phone on mute, and I go, Are you effing sleeping? Wake up line, Clark Griswold, it was awful. So now I have the quarterback of the team I’m trying to work on, I’m trying to take notes. I have full-blown anxiety. This is not the way I want to go down. This is not the way I want to die.”

Andrews says from that point forward her anxiety and stress levels were on 1000.

Driver Doesn’t Drink Coffee She Got For Him: Adds To Stress

When sleepy, coffee or caffeine is a quick pick-me-up. Andrews revealed she got the driver a cup of Joe to help wake him up, but he didn’t take one sip of it.

“I go in, I get him a coffee. He doesn’t drink it. The entire car ride I’m like, Ahem, ahem, ahem, monitoring if he’s sleeping at the wheel.”

“I was also stressed out because I wasn’t really paying attention to my conference calls, which are like Bible to me.”

Andrews Has Had Her Share Of Drama While Working

In 2016, Andrews was awarded $55 million from Marriott Hotels after a man filmed her in the nude back in 2008 at one of the hotel chain’s Nashville, Tennessee, locations. Michael Barrett, the man charged with being a “peeping Tom” reportedly removed the peepholes from her doors and stuck his cellphone in there. Barrett told the court his move was strictly financial in an attempted bribery and extortion plot gone wrong.

During the trial Andrews testified that the encounter still haunts her.

“I think about it everyday.”

“One of the worst thoughts I have is when I walk around the stadium … there’s always that thought, as I walk right by the stands, and I think, My God, everyone in this stadium has seen that video.”

At the time of the trial, it was reported that an estimated 16.8 million people had viewed it. Andrews was diagnosed with PTSD from the ordeal.

Guess that explains her huge $55 million settlement she received in the case.

She’s fortunate to be in one piece, because if she hadn’t been alert, the outcome could have been tragic. She’s even more of an angel to offer the guy coffee and allow him to still drive her to her destination after refusing to drink it. Talk about trusting in humanity.

 


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