JoCo high school football player fights off robbers

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- A high school running back credits his experience on the football field for helping him fight off two robbers.

Eighteen-year-old Brett Sterbach says he was heading home from a fundraising football game in Topeka Saturday night when he, his parents and an uncle stopped at a gas station. That's when Sterbach says two men tapped on his car window and tried to rob him when he opened the door.

Sterbach said the first attacker tried to stabbed him with a pocket knife, but he wrestled it away and was stabbed in the thigh.

"I didn't feel it because there was enough adrenaline going where I didn't even notice it, so I guess I pulled it out of my leg and he started wrestling with me to get the knife back and the other guy was hitting me in the head and I stabbed the guy who stabbed me in the gut and pushed the other guy off of me," says Sterbach.

Police say Sterbach stabbed the second attacker several times near his collarbone.

"I'm very proud of my son and how he reacted but I do think it's because of his years of training in football that he was able to do that so quickly and maneuver so quickly but I would not recommend for people to do that it's so not worth it," said Julie Sterbach, Brett's mother.

Police say if you're ever approached by robbers with a weapon give them what they want so you can get away with your life.

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