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Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel alerts woman to house fire

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Chiefs QB Matt Cassel is an offseason hero.! (Getty Images)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel didn't have his best season in 2011, but his 2012 offseason has certainly been eventful enough. On Thursday night, in the Missouri gated community of Loch Lloyd, Cassel ran to the home of a neighbor after his wife noticed that smoke was billowing and flames were shooting from the chimney of the woman's home.

Cassel banged on his neighbor's door and rang the doorbell to try and alert the woman to the situation — he then ran around the house until he saw his neighbor exit her home. "I know Matt wouldn't want this kind of attention, but I definitely think he was a hero last night," one witness told local television station KMBC.

The neighbor said that she had no awareness that she was in danger until she saw the quarterback.

Cassel was indeed humble about the incident, saying that "I just ran up to the house and alerted them. The real heroes are the firefighters." Neighbors told KMBC that Cassel is generally a private person who wouldn't want attention drawn to his actions, heroic or otherwise.

There were no injuries in the fire, and the cause is still under investigation. Serious damage was done to the house, though a fire supervisor said that the home may not be a total loss.

After the Chiefs' 10-6 record in 2010, greater things were expected in 2011. But several injuries -- including the fractured right throwing hand that put Cassel out for the season in Week 10 -- set the team on another course. New head coach Romeo Crennel, who replaced Todd Haley, is committed to Cassel as his starter in 2012.

We're betting that Cassel's neighbors have even stronger endorsements.

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