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2765Correction: Re: Vegan football player saves man choking on meat!

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  • rojony57
    Jul 11, 2008
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      Correction: 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
      > somebody."
      > 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
      > maneuver.
      > "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."
      > http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-chiefs-gonzalez-
      > rescue&prov=ap&type=lgns
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