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NFL player called hero after rescuing child

Associated Press • Jun 14, 2011 at 1:51 AM

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs player Leonard Pope is being hailed as a hero by a south Georgia mother, who credits him with saving her son from drowning.Anne Moore told the Americus Times-Recorder that her son, 6-year-old Bryson, was at a pool party Saturday when she saw him go under water and she began screaming for help.Moore said Pope, who is from Americus, "came out of nowhere" and dove into the water. Moore said she believes Pope saved Bryson's life.Pope told ESPN that he knew he had to do something. He said he has children of his own, and that he would want someone to do the same for them.Pope, a tight end with the Chiefs, is waiting for the NFL lockout to be resolved so he can prepare for next season.

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