AFC West: Joe Delaney
Our annual AFC West top players rankings -- complied by a voting panel consisting of me -- will be revealed in the near future. I have a feeling Manning will be high on that list, too.
In other AFC West notes:
New Oakland punter -- and colorful personality -- Chris Kluwe was a guest on the Conan O’Brien Show on Thursday.
In an Insider piece, Gary Horton looks at the scheme changes the San Diego Chargers are undergoing now under a new regime.
Saturday is the 30th anniversary of the death of Kansas City star running back Joe Delany. He died while trying to save three drowning children. Delaney, then 24 years old, and two of the children died. Delaney was a true American hero. I have mentioned his unbelievably selfless act every summer I’ve written this blog. It’s the least I can do.
It marks the 29th anniversary of the death of star running back Joe Delaney. He died at the age of 24 on June 29, 1983. Delaney drowned in a pond at a Louisiana amusement park. An inexperienced swimmer, Delaney died while trying to save three drowning children.
In the four years I have written this blog, I have learned how much Delaney is revered by Chiefs fans. He is a hero and the anniversary of his death is always met with a combination of sorrow and pride because they know Delaney died in such a selfless manner. Even as the years pass, Delaney’s actions are not forgotten and June 29 is always a day of mourning for Chiefs fans.
Delaney likely would have had a long, decorated NFL career had he not jumped into that pond. But Joe Delaney the person was so much more than simply a gridiron hero. He showed it 29 years ago today.
Rest in peace, Mr. Delaney, knowing you are remembered.
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.
It was on this date 27 years ago that the Chiefs’ fabulous young star running back died while trying to save youngsters in a pond in Louisiana. Delaney was 24. He was the rookie of the year in 1981.
Delaney will always be remembered for his heroics that day, in which he saved one child, while losing his own life. Delaney was an inexperienced swimmer, but he didn’t hesitate to jump into the pond when he heard the screams of the children.
Delaney goes down as one of the most special players ever to play in Kansas City despite only playing two NFL seasons. He should always be remembered.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
There is a must-read story in Sunday's Kansas City Star about the 25th anniversary of the drowning death of the 24-year-old Chiefs star running back Joe Delaney.
Delaney died trying to save three boys in a Louisiana pond on June 29, 1983. Only one of the children lived. The story documents the lives of the one survivor, and Delaney's own three children. It is a truly powerful read.
I remember as a teen reading about Delaney and his mind-boggling selfless act. His name always evokes stirring memories and reading this weekend story is yet another reminder of a remarkable tale and what a extraordinary person Delaney was.