Chiefs' tight end saves child from drowning

June, 13, 2011
6/13/11
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Leonard Pope is a hero.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ backup tight end saved the 6-year-old son of a longtime friend from drowning in his hometown of Americus, Georgia over the weekend.

Anne Moore told the Americus Times Recorder that Pope jumped into a pool when her son, Bryson, was struggling.

“We were attending a pool party, and Bryson was in the water with the other kids,” Moore said. “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.”

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

“My prayers were answered by God when Leonard jumped in and saved my son,” Moore said. “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.”

Kudos to Pope for saving the child’s life.

As Arrowhead Pride points out, the Chiefs are an organization that has dealt with a similar tragedy. It was 28 years ago this month that star running back Joe Delaney drowned while trying to save three children from drowning in a Louisiana pond. Two of the children also died.

While the Chiefs can’t currently communicate with Pope, I’m sure the Hunt family is beaming with pride after his heroics during the weekend.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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