Questionable decision: entering into a bet on a regular season NFL game that requires you to burn your favorite team’s jersey, which costs at least $50, if your team loses.
Even more questionable decision: putting the jersey on while it’s burning.
But that’s the train of thought boarded by Green Bay Packers fan and Vero Beach resident Timothy Salyers. Salyers, 27, rolled with that train until it ended with him in an Orlando hospital’s burn unit.
Salyers, friend and Dallas Cowboys fan Brianna Hook and other friends got together for an NFL football Sunday afternoon, climaxed by Green Bay vs. Dallas. Hook and Salyers wagered that the winner sets the loser’s jersey on fire.
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In one of the season’s best games, Green Bay drove the length of the field in less than a minute for a touchdown with 11 seconds left and a 35-31 victory. Post game meant time to light up Hook’s jersey like Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did the Dallas defense in the fourth quarter.
While Hook’s Dallas jersey burned, according to a Indian River County Sheriff’s report gained by TC Palm, Salyers told deputies, “he then grabbed the jersey with his right arm and attempted to put it on while it was on fire.”
Hook took Salyers to a local medical center. TC Palm said the sheriff’s report described third-degree burns on Salyers right arm and hand and second-degree back burns.
So, while Salyers won the bet, Hook won the day.