NFL players have used their time during the lockout to earn various titles: student, boxer, teacher, criminal, victim, handyman. But it wasn’t until recently the title of hero could be applied.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope saved a six-year-old child frown drowning at a birthday party in Americus, Ga. this weekend.
Upon hearing the cries of the boy’s mother, Pope sprung into action without hesitation.
“I was looking at (my son) because he couldn’t swim. I noticed, first, he was standing up, and then he went under and never came back up. I started screaming,” the boy’s mother, Anne Moore recalled to the Americus Times-Recorder. “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.”
Moore believes the NFL Lockout is a God send that saved her son.
“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,” she said.