ESPN's Jesse Palmer performs Heimlich maneuver on TV partner Chris Fowler at halftime of Pinstripe Bowl

ESPN analyst and former Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer

ESPN analyst and former Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer poses in a promotional photo for season 5 of "The Bachelor" (2004). (Credit: ABC)

The biggest play from the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium yesterday came at halftime. In the broadcast booth.

ESPN's Chris Fowler posted on his Twitter account that he needed TV partner Jesse Palmer to perform the Heimlich maneuver on him during halftime to prevent him from choking on a chicken sandwich.

"Never before needed a Heimlich at halftime. (Or any time)!" Fowler tweeted. "thanks Jesse Palmer! He saved me from death by dry chicken sandwich. Really."

Fowler was doing play-by-play for the Rutgers-Notre Dame game. Palmer, the former Florida and Giants quarterback, was the analyst. Both live in New York, so the Pinstripe Bowl is a home game for them.

Fowler also posted: "Not bad to have quick-thinking ex-NFL player around when Heimlich needed. I'll take bruised ribs to avoid choking!" -- AP

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