Jeremy Shockey might not be the premiere tight end he used to be, but if you're walking around the Carolina Panthers locker room with a chunk of pork tenderloin lodged in your gullet, he's still your MVP.
Fellow Panthers tight end Ben Hartsock knows that now. Brad Biggs on NFPost.com reported that Hartsock found himself unable to breathe in the team locker room Monday sometime after lunch. Fortunately, Shockey stepped in, the pork popped out, and everyone lived happily ever after.
Here's how it went down, according to Hartsock's agent Mike McCartney.
"He said to me a little while ago, 'I really hope this doesn't get out but if it does it's going to be a funny story.' [...]
"He started to go to the bathroom and I don't know if he collapsed, but he couldn't breathe," McCartney said. "Some new guy came and tried to give him the Heimlich. It didn't work. Then, Shockey hit him in the back pretty hard and out came the meat. The Panthers told me it was really scary.
"Ben told me Shockey came over and gave me the Heimlich Maneuver and saved my life. He was in good spirits and he's real thankful for Shockey."
And then the Panthers spent the rest of practice showing tremendous compassion by yelling things like, "Don't choke, Hartsock!"
Bless your heart, Jeremy Shockey. I hope Hartsock doesn't end up taking your job now.
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