After getting trapped in an elevator with seven other offensive linemen from the USC football team Friday evening, Zach Banner grabbed his phone and began live-tweeting the ordeal.
“Zach Banner, USC, checking in. We’re stuck on the elevator. Eight O-linemen. We’re screwed,” he said in the first tweet, which was sent around 6:30 p.m.
Firefighters arrived a short time later with beverages and snacks, and began working to get the group out of the elevator, he tweeted.
Banner continued documenting the ordeal in a series of tongue-in-cheek tweets while the firefighters worked to rescue the trapped football players.
One tweet was simply captioned, “Here’s my will”; in another, the University of Southern California offensive tackle, pretending to be in tears, cries, “Help me.”
The football players also got creative during the hourlong incident, breaking into the “elevator rap” at one point.
Banner and company were rescued about 7:30 p.m., he tweeted.
The incident occurred in Redondo Beach, where the group was dining with their coach, ESPN reported. Together, the group estimated they weighed about 700 pounds more than the elevator’s 2,500-pound weight limit.
At 6-foot-9, 330 pounds, Banner — a two-year starter who is heading into his redshirt junior year– is the biggest player on the team, according to his bio on USC’s Athletics website.