ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With a little Yelp from his internet friends, Brandon Chubb made it with just a few minutes to spare Thursday night to see his younger brother, Bradley, selected by the Denver Broncos with the No. 5 pick of the NFL draft.
Brandon Chubb is a second-year linebacker with Detroit Lions, who just started their offseason program. The Lions practice ended at 12:30 p.m. ET Thursday and the draft began at 8 p.m. ET. Bradley Chubb was expected to be one of the first few picks off the board.
So, rather than miss his brother's big day, Brandon Chubb chartered a helicopter to finish off his journey to AT&T Stadium from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
"I knew Bradley was going in the first five picks, I knew he was coming off the board early," Brandon Chubb said. "I had to make sure I was there when it happened ... They put it down right on [Jerry Jones'] landing pad. I had a suit on, they probably thought I was like Michael Jackson.
"It actually worked out, I got one of the best Instagram pictures of my life ... But if he would have been the second pick I might not have made it."
Brandon Chubb said he cut it closely enough that if Bradley Chubb had been selected among the first three picks on the night, he would not have seen his brother stride to the podium for the moment. The helicopter, Brandon Chubb said, landed at the stadium at "like 6:35" and "I just ran in" before seeing his brother selected by the Broncos just a few minutes later.
"I just glad he made it,'' Bradley Chubb said. "A great story to tell forever."
Brandon Chubb explained his crazy adventure further.
"We had a voluntary minicamp this week," Brandon Chubb said Friday at the Broncos' complex. " ... Coach [Matt] Patricia is a new coach, so it's a clean slate for everybody, every rep counts, so I know I couldn't miss it.
"I got out of the locker room at 12:30, hit a 3:30 flight, landed in Dallas at like 5:45 and the draft was like an hour away with traffic crazy and all this, so I actually took a helicopter from the airport to the stadium just to bypass that and I couldn’t miss his moment."
And how does one arrange for a helicopter for such a family event? Chubb said he took to the web.
"The whole two days before I couldn't sleep because if practice went another 30 minutes or the flight delayed I was screwed," Brandon Chubb said. "But I'm a big Yelper. I Googled the zip code, put the zip code in Yelp, typed in 'helicopter' and that was it. I called three different options and this one was actually known for doing tours from the airport to Jerry's World."