Behind The Scenes

(UPDATED) ESPN’s Chris Fowler receives Heimlich maneuver from analyst Jesse Palmer during Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium

Post updated at 10 p.m. ET, Dec. 28, 2013 to include most recent tweet from Chris Fowler.

During halftime of Saturday’s Pinstripe Bowl on ESPN, play-by-play man Chris Fowler had the Heimlich maneuver administered to him by his analyst for the game, Jesse Palmer.

Fowler shared the information through his Twitter account at about 5:15 p.m. ET on Saturday:

UPDATE, 10 p.m. ET, Saturday:

In a separate tweet, Fowler indicated he didn’t think video of the incident existed.

Palmer, who doesn’t have a Twitter account, did Instagram this picture below (unclear on when it was taken), and shared the Fowler story with Front Row:

According to Palmer, “It happened in the green room/viewing room behind ESPN’s outdoor set during halftime. Ed Placey (see below) was standing with us at a high table while we were eating. The rest of the stage crew was in the room as well.

“I was watching Chris chew his food, and his eyes began to get big,” said the former Florida Gator, Palmer, who had never performed the Heimlich before. “He tried to swallow some water to clear his throat, then he had a look of panic on his face.”

Also present for the heroics was Ed Placey, senior coordinating producer of ESPN’s college football coverage. He told Front Row: “I was standing right there. Jesse, with cat-quick reflexes, reacted immediately.”


Fowler’s tennis colleague Brad Gilbert, who was watching the telecast, couldn’t tell anything had happened.

And fans and peers sent along best wishes. . . and friendly jabs.

(For context, click here.)

UPDATED REACTION, 10:30 p.m., Saturday

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(Gracie Blackburn contributed to this post)

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