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Tony Gonzalez Saves Chargers Fan From Choking

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Lancer 1, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. Lancer 1

    Lancer 1 Eternal Optimist

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  2. Lancer 1

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    Tony G has always been a class act, and this positive story doesn't surprise me one bit...:tup:

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    Tony Gonzalez Saves Chargers Fan From Choking

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - 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.”
     
  3. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Tony's been a class act for a long long time as well as being a damn good player.

    Got no hate for the Chiefs, just wanna sweep them for once!!! :yes:
     
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    That shouldn't be a problem. How many rookies are they starting? :lol:



    In a related story,

    Woman Crashes Into Ditch, Brian Bosworth Comes to the Rescue

    July 6, 2008

    Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker (and, ahem, "actor") Brian Bosworth is being hailed as a hero in Winnipeg, Canada after he came upon a car that crashed into a ditch and helped bring a woman trapped inside to safety.

    The Winnipeg Free Press reports:

    "It looked like she rolled at least two or three times because the car ended up facing the opposite direction of oncoming traffic, upside down in the ditch," Bosworth said. ...

    "She was in shock and in pain and we couldn't really move her. Her legs were pinned. We had to cut the steering wheel off. She was screaming every time we moved her," Bosworth said. "It took five or six guys to get her into the ambulance. "

    "I see that a lot in the area, the highways aren't the greatest. They are not very forgiving highways. She's lucky. She just missed the guardrail to the river. This could have been really bad," [RCMP Sgt. Line] Karpish said

    Bosworth was in the area because he and his son had gone on a fishing trip. The woman and her passenger were treated at a local hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
     
  5. Lancer 1

    Lancer 1 Eternal Optimist

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    Way to go Boz! :rockout:
     
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    Glad he found something worthwhile to do. Pro football sure wasn't it. :no:

    And props to Tony for jumping to this guy's aid. Tony's one of the good guys in the NFL, IMO. And my wife is a Chiefs' fan, so I have to like him!!! :lol:
     
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    He turned his back on the Chargers.

    This is all just part of God's plan to weed out the bandwagoners.
     
  8. Drunk

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    he shoulda just died a chargers fan. now he has to live the rest of his life in shame. so sad.:no:
     
  9. Gridreaper

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    ...Do it from home dude . He saved your life, thank God Tony was there but betrayal is not acceptable in Boltland. Good thing you don't live in Oakland or you'd wind up dying anyway. Can you just see this sillyman cheering for Tony and the Chefs in the Blackhole :no:
     
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    I wonder if the Pats will try to trade for Gonzalez?

    :unsure:
     
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    too bad TG wasnt there for EP in the play off game :icon_evil:
     
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    Please don't go there!!!:icon_evil:
     
  13. sdbound

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    It was a choking joke.
     
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  14. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    I think Tony is legally going to change his name to Antonio Gozales to improve his game.
     
  15. floridaboltfan

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    I always liked TG but its a shame:icon_sad: every record he breaks will not stand for long because the greatest TE ever is playing ball for us:yes:.
     
  16. Boltdiehard

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    I've actually had that happen although not as bad in a restaurant before and I was able to get the **** out of my throat.

    It's a horrible feeling and yes panic sets in very quick.

    Good lookin out Tony G. :tup: :bolt:
     
  17. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    F'n A!

    I can understand being grateful and all, but to switch allegiances like that, dude obviously wasn't a Chargers fan in the first place.
     
  18. Ride The Lightning

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    How pissed is this new Chiefs fan gonna be when we take it all this year?
     
  19. Retired Catholic

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    Show Tony all the love you want, dude, but the whole team? For a Charger fan to do that is like eating lobster Darryl Hannah style.
     

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