February 18, 2017
Everyday Aussie hero's daring dash in his jocks
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Aussie bloke Dan McDonnell sits down with Sunrise to talk about chasing a runaway driver down the street in his undies. Courtesy: Sunrise/Channel 7
Hendra Hero Daniel McConnell speaks to the Courier Mail about the fallout from his instant fame after he chased down a crim while in his underwear. Photo: Claudia Baxter
Hendra local Daniel McConnell, 31, shot to fame last November when, wearing only his undies, he chased down a man who had crashed into a mate’s shop.After his first interview went viral Mr McConnell, a local dentist offered to fix his teeth free of charge.But Mr McConnell hasn’t taken up the offer yet.“I don’t want my teeth done yet. Why should I have to change my appearance to what everyone else wants? I’m happy with the way I am,” he said.Mr McConnell said he is working on several projects to be able to help support young people who are ‘at risk.’
“I had a rough upbringing, I was living in hostels and welfare when I was just 13 and if you don’t look after the younger generation, the world is just going to be f***ed,” he said.He hosted an Australia Day Eve trivia night at New Farm cinemas where he rubbed shoulders with some serious Queensland royalty.“I totally spun out because Lincoln Lewis, Wally Lewis’ boy, he stopped me at the New Farm cinemas to take a selfie and I thought ‘mate you’re famous, your old man is a legend, and I’m not,’” he said.
Mr McConnell was invited to Bundaberg where he was given a tour of the rum distillery.“The Bundy tour was just gold. The greatest thing ever happened because they gave me this bottle with a label that said ‘Crafted for local legend Daniel McConnell,’ and it’s a beauty,” he said.Along with the positives, Mr McConnell said he had also had some disappointments.He said one media organisation had promised him money to retell his story but he not yet received it while another offered cash if he mentioned them.“It was all so crazy at the time, nothing was ever signed or formally agreed to but I did the appearances on good faith and it’s not all about the money but it’s sad that it’s ended up this way,” he said.Originally published as What’s ‘underpants hero’ up to now?
Australia's new hero chases down man in his undies
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Aussie hero Daniel McConnell runs down the street in his undies to chase a man that crashed into his mate's shop.