2765Correction: Re: Vegan football player saves man choking on meat!
- Jul 11, 2008Correction: While one day, TE Gonzalez might become vegan, he does use
fish oil, so he isn't there yet.
--- In SFVeg@yahoogroups.com, "carmen_cebs" <carmen_cebs@...> wrote:
> Chiefs TE Gonzalez saves man's life in restaurant
> By DOUG TUCKER, AP Sports Writer
> KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)A California man says Pro Bowl tight end Tony
> Gonzalez of the Kansas City Chiefs kept him from choking to death.
> "Tony saved my life. There's no doubt," Ken Hunter, a shipping
> company manager, told The Associated Press in a phone interview from
> Huntington Beach, Calif.
> "Tony came up behind me and gave me the Heimlich maneuver. Thank God
> he was there."
> Gonzalez, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection who has set numerous NFL
> records, was having dinner with his wife, brother and 5-week-old
> daughter at Capone's restaurant in Huntington Beach Thursday night.
> Hunter, 45, was dining with his girlfriend at the next table when
> suddenly a piece of meat stuck in his throat.
> "I tried to take a drink of water, but I couldn't swallow," Hunter
> told The AP. "Then I couldn't breathe. That's a terrible feeling. I
> couldn't breathe. Then I guess I started to panic."
> Gonzalez, sitting with his back to Hunter's table, looked around
> when he heard Hunter's companion yelling.
> "She was screaming, `He can't breathe, he can't breathe,"' Gonzalez
> said by phone from California, where he lives in the offseason. "The
> whole restaurant was quiet. Nobody was doing anything."
> Then I saw he was turning blue. Everybody in the restaurant was just
> kind of sitting there wide-eyed."
> The 6-foot-5 Gonzalez, about a foot taller than Hunter, jumped out
> of his chair and came up behind the stricken man and began to
> perform the Heimlich maneuver.
> "After just a few seconds, the piece of meat popped out," Hunter
> said. "I could breathe again. It's a good thing Tony is so tall
> because I had stood up I think."
> Diana Martin, a restaurant employee, said no one else seemed to know
> what to do.
> "He was so lucky Tony was there," Martin said. "In a situation like
> that, every second counts. It helped a lot that Tony's a big, strong
> guy because you have to be able to apply some pretty good pressure.
> I don't think I would have been strong enough to help him."
> Hunter went into the restroom to clean up and didn't realize he'd
> been saved by a famous athlete until he came out.
> "I'm a big NFL fan and I recognized him right away. I was still kind
> of dazed when I went over and thanked him and said, `What can I do
> for you?' I guess I said it about 1,000 times."
> Gonzalez, who has been active in charity and community activities
> during a brilliant career with the Chiefs, said he had no intention
> of having the incident become public.
> "The next night I had a dinner for my grandmother's 90th birthday,
> and people were saying, `Why didn't you tell me about that?' I
> honestly don't want to make a big deal out of it. But of course it
> does give me a lot of satisfaction to know that I was able to help
> One of the most productive receivers in pro football history,
> Gonzalez holds the NFL record for tight ends with 820 career
> receptions and 102 catches in a season. He needs only 79 more yards
> receiving to become the career leader among tight ends.
> He has never received any formal instruction in the Heimlich
> "I had seen it done, so I just did it," Gonzalez said. "When you
> find yourself in those situations where you have to take action in a
> crucial situation, you just do it. I got the same feeling I get when
> I go on a hospital visit."'
> Hunter is a lifelong fan of the San Diego Chargers, one of Kansas
> City's key rivals in the AFC West, and plans to be at the game when
> the Chiefs visit the Chargers on Nov. 9.
> "I'm Tony's No. 1 fan now," he said.
> And what will this longtime follower of the Chargers do if they're
> ahead by four or five points in the final minute and Gonzalez runs
> into the end zone and leaps up for what would be the game-winning
> touchdown for K.C.?
> "I'm going to be yelling for Tony to catch the ball," Hunter
> said. "I think all my friends will understand."
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