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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