Missing Former NFL Player Frank Cornish III Found Safe After Spending Days at Gas Station

Former athlete spent three days at a gas station with no bank cards, phone or oxygen, police say

Carrollton Police Department/NBC 5 News

Carrollton police say Frank Cornish III, a 77-year-old former NFL player who was reported missing on Friday, is OK and now safely back at home.

Police said Monday that Cornish left to attend a friend's funeral in New Orleans on Friday but got lost somewhere along the way between his home and Louisiana.

After spending three days in a QT parking lot without his phone, bank cards or oxygen tank, police said someone finally asked him if he needed any help.

Carrollton police told NBC 5 on Monday afternoon that "against all odds, he's safely home."

Carrollton police said a Silver Alert was not issued for Cornish because his diagnosis does not meet the requirements for one. Typically Silver Alerts are issued for older adults with a diagnosed impaired mental condition.

Cornish, who played in Super Bowl VI with the Dolphins, is the father of former NFL player Frank Cornish IV who died in his Southlake home in 2008 of heart disease at the age of 40.

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