Texas man credits college football game for saving his life

JARRELL, Texas (KXAN) — A huge Longhorn football fan saw his dream come true when he attended the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl 10 days ago. Seeing the Texas-OU game in person may just be the reason why he’s still alive today.

James Wills is a University of Texas Longhorns fan. So when a friend surprised him with Cotton Bowl tickets, he was ecstatic.

“We were so excited, it was like a bunch of little kids running around,” says James.

He was so excited that he even got a picture with Governor Greg Abbott at the game.

But the biggest memory he took home with him was a scar. James suffered a heart attack right before halftime.

“[They were] leading me down to the first aid area and within seconds of being in there, they started an IV and they started doing EKGs and things,” said James.

An ambulance rushed James to Baylor Heart Hospital, just minutes away. Doctors said he’s lucky to be alive.

“If I wouldn’t have been so close to a hospital, I definitely would’ve died,” he said.

James said had he watched the game where he usually does, in his “man cave,” the heart attack likely would have killed him.

“It’s kind of an emotional time,” he said.

As he finishes watching the game he didn’t get to see that day, James thinks of everyone’s support–even get well tweets from UT football players.

“To take time out of your day, to do something like that, it meant a whole lot and it helped me during my recovery, so thank you,” said James with tears in his eyes.

James said he will die with orange blood, just not that soon.

James said he lost a friend, who went to bed with chest pains, less than a week after his heart attack. He’s encouraging everyone to get to the hospital if you’re not feeling right, because it could save your life.

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