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Tag:Leonard Pope
Posted on: June 17, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Leonard Pope tells his side of rescue story

PopePosted by Josh Katzowitz

While most of the NFL news continues to be rather unpleasant – it seems like we spend much of our time writing  about the lockout and/or player arrests – let’s spotlight, once again, the greatest play Chiefs TE Leonard Pope ever will make.

We told you the other day about Pope rescuing a drowning 6-year-old boy named Bryson in Americus, Ga.

The rescue prompted Bryson’s mother to say, “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.”

Awesome news, right?

Well, let’s give Pope a chance to tell his side of the story. Mr. Hero, take it away.

“I was on my way out the house and I hear a scream, like a scream from a woman, a mother, somebody where the tone of voice where you know it’s real and someone’s in a lot of danger,” Pope told WQAM in Miami (via sportsradiointerviews.com). “She said, ‘He’s drowning! He’s drowning!’ I looked and I didn’t see no one. I looked at where she was pointing at in the water and all I could see was his little hands above the water. I didn’t wait for anyone else to see what they was going to do, my first instinct is I’ve got to get this child out of this water. I have two daughters myself and I told Bryson’s mom I would want someone to do that for me, too.

“I just ran and jumped in, cell phone, wallet, clothes and everything. I kind of jumped on top of him, but I positioned myself to grab him by the waist and bring him up above the water. I brought him to his mom. It was a perfectly safe environment with parents out watching and everything. What I think happened is that, you know how a pool levels out or something and then goes out to the deep end, I’m thinking he lost his footing. … He went down and couldn’t swim and couldn’t get back up. That’s when I ran and jumped in and got him.”

I can’t remember who first made this observation, but it was interesting that Bryson’s mom made specific mention that Pope didn’t take his cell phone out of his pocket, as if that act somehow made the deed a little more unselfish (if that’s even possible).

“It was a life on the line,” Pope said. “I can replace a cell phone or a wallet, but you can’t replace a kid’s life.”

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

Chiefs TE Leonard Pope saves boy from drowning

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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