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Chiefs TE Leonard Pope saves boy from drowning

Posted on: June 13, 2011 6:00 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2011 6:39 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Over the weekend, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope, who played collegiately at the University of Georgia, was in his hometown of Americus, Georgia, relaxing at a pool party. By the time he left, he had saved a six-year-old named Bryson from drowning. 

Details via the Americus Times-Recorder:

"We were attending a pool party, and Bryson was in the water with the other kids,” said (mother) Ann Moore, who has known Pope since he was a little boy. “All of a sudden, I saw Bryson going down in the water and I started screaming. Leonard was inside, and he came out of nowhere and dove into the water without any hesitation, cell phone in his pocket and all. He saved my son’s life, and I am so thankful that he was there for me and my child. ...

“My prayers were answered by God when Leonard jumped in and saved my son,” said Moore. “The fact that he is normally at camp and could have been in Kansas City just proved to me that he was placed here to save my son from drowning, and I thank God that he was here. He truly lived up to his nickname “Champ” because he was truly a champion for me and my son this past weekend.”

Moore said that Pope was the only person at the party who knew how to swim, and if he hadn't been there she thinks there was a good chance her son could have drowned.

Thankfully, everybody's safe, although in the future it might be prudent to hold summer get-togethers well clear of pools, ponds, lakes -- anywhere there might be water.

As for Pope, like everybody else in the NFL, he's currently out of work. Hopefully, that will change in the coming weeks, but for now all he can do is take part in informal workouts and keep in shape for an eventual 2011 season. 

In the meantime, we look forward to the NFL issuing a press release touting that the lockout is now saving lives.

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Comments

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2011 12:41 am
 

Chiefs TE Leonard Pope saves boy from drowning

According to the American Red Cross there is suppose to be at least one lifeguard for every 25 swimmers. I liked how Wilson was inferring that perhaps Wilson will find a job as a lifeguard. That was priceless.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: June 13, 2011 9:21 pm
 

I have a question too

No, you're correct Purple... no common sense. Who the #$^%#^* throws a "pool party" where only one person at the whole thing knows how to swim?  Isn't that just a regular party with rule #1 stating: "No getting in the pool"?  ... p.s. - should we get a little deeper into the story... was it a pool, a lake, a plastic kiddy pool in the driveway, or just a heavy torrential downpour and the kid fell facedown into a puddle?  I need some answers before I get teary eyed about this story.  p.s. - Nice job Pope. I still give you props for the save.



Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 8:26 pm
 

Chiefs TE Leonard Pope saves boy from drowning

Lesson learned: Learn to swim before throwing a pool party. Thankfully everythings ok. Am I missing something or is this an example of lack of common sense?




Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Chiefs TE Leonard Pope saves boy from drowning

LOL.   I totally agree that is is ridiculous that peple don't learn to swim, but hey it doesn't matter cause according to the mom it's all god's will anyway.



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Chiefs TE Leonard Pope saves boy from drowning

Noone knew how to swim. W t ---F?   Nice parenting. And what kind of a parent would have just sat there and let their kid drown.  It was probably in 5 feet of water. The stupidity of people is amazing.



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Chiefs TE Leonard Pope saves boy from drowning

Glad L. Pope could save this kid. Don't need to state the obvious things about the presense of a pool at a party where none of the awesome adult parents can swim. Truly shows how stereotypes come from basic truths. Thank God L. Pope proved there also is always an exception.



Since: Mar 2, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 6:27 pm
 

Chiefs TE Leonard Pope saves boy from drowning

Moore said that Pope was the only person at the party who knew how to swim

For the doubters, look at his photo.  My family is great blend of black and white and the communities from which our black members come typically do not learn to swim.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Chiefs TE Leonard Pope saves boy from drowning

For anyone to make fun when this man saved someone's life is insane.  Thank goodness Pope was there to help someone in their time of need.  We all should wish for that to happen.  As a Chief fan and human being, I am proud to hear of such a great story and not a bad story that we always seem to get in these times.



Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Chiefs TE Leonard Pope saves boy from drowning

That was horrible when he drowned trying to save those kids



Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Chiefs TE Leonard Pope saves boy from drowning

I was thinking the same thing! Only 1 person knew how to swim?


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