KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 05: Leonard Pope #45 of the Kansas City Chiefs makes a catch in the endzone for a touchdown as Nate Jones #33 of the Denver Broncos looks on during the game on December 5, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas …
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AMERICUS, Georgia - Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope has become a hero in his hometown, and it’s not just for his accomplishments on the football field.
The Chiefs tight end was attending a pool party in his hometown of Americus, Georgia. It’s about three hours south of Atlanta.
Americus native Anne Moore and her 6-year-old son Bryson were also at the party. Moore has known Pope since he was a little boy.
Bryson was in the water with other kids when he went under. Moore was screaming when Pope dove into the water and saved her son’s life.
Moore said Pope was the only person at the party who knew how to swim. She said her son is a little traumatized but is okay.
“My prayers were answered by God when Leonard jumped in and saved my son,” Moore told the Americus Times-Recorder. “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.”
In June of 1983, Chiefs running back Joe Delaney tragically died when he dove into a pond to try and save three children from drowning. Delaney did not know how to swim.
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