There is one child in this world that is very thankful for the NFL lockout.
Kansas City Chiefs TE Leonard Pope, who normally would have been in Kansas City working out, was in his hometown of Americus, GA this weekend when he saved a child from drowning, according to the Americus Times-Recorder.
Pope was at a pool party when a young boy by the name of Bryson began slipping under the water and calling for help. The boy’s mother screamed for assistance and out of nowhere, came Pope. He had been in the house when he heard the calls and did not hesitate. He ran out of the house, dove into the pool and rescued Bryson.
“We were attending a pool party, and Bryson was in the water with the other kids,” the boy’s mother told the Times-Recorder. “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.”
When hearing this story, one can’t help but think of Chiefs great Joe Delaney, who died while trying to save three children from drowning just a little over 25 years ago. Before jumping in the pond a child asked Delaney if he knew how to swim.
“I can’t swim good,” said Delaney. “But I’ve got to save those kids. If I don’t come up, get somebody.”
Delaney and two of the boys drown.
This is the last time a Chiefs player saved someones life. Just a couple of years ago former Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez saved a man from choking to death by effectively performing the Heimlich Maneuver.
Huge props to Lenny Pope. It is nice to root for heroes.
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