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    OT: Finally some good news involving a NFL player

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    Chiefs' Gonzalez saves man from choking to death

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    Updated: July 7, 2008, 7:15 PM ET

    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."

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    Re: OT: Finally some good news involving a NFL player

    Did he slam dunk the obstruction over the goal post?

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    I must be getting more cynical in my old age.

    I somehow think this guy will turn around and sue Tony for breaking his ribs or something and emotional distress -- and settle out of court for a couple mill
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    Re: OT: Finally some good news involving a NFL player

    That is awesome. Way to go, Tony!

    But it brings up an interesting question. The guy he saved was a Chargers fan. So ok, let's say you're having dinner and start choking. The only one who comes to your assistance is TJ Dooshmanzada. Do you let him save your life or do you choke to death??

    Hmmmm???

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpmpit
    That is awesome. Way to go, Tony!

    But it brings up an interesting question. The guy he saved was a Chargers fan. So ok, let's say you're having dinner and start choking. The only one who comes to your assistance is TJ Dooshmanzada. Do you let him save your life or do you choke to death??

    Hmmmm???
    Man! Why'd ya have to pick TJ? What a choice! I guess I'd want to live, but my eyes would be closed and I would pretend not to recognize him. Also, under NO circumstances would I root for him or his team.

    I want to see how NKy answers this one.

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    Re: OT: Finally some good news involving a NFL player

    thats pretty impressive he was able to help the guy since he was a foot taller. im suprised he didnt hurt him at all. i do find it hard to believe the guy was 5'5 though. thats pretty short

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    Re: OT: Finally some good news involving a NFL player

    Quote Originally Posted by stlrz d
    Did he slam dunk the obstruction over the goal post?


    Quote Originally Posted by rpmpit
    But it brings up an interesting question. The guy he saved was a Chargers fan. So ok, let's say you're having dinner and start choking. The only one who comes to your assistance is TJ Dooshmanzada. Do you let him save your life or do you choke to death??

    Hmmmm???
    I live and continue to watch him lose to the B&G.

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    Re: OT: Finally some good news involving a NFL player

    Quote Originally Posted by rpmpit
    That is awesome. Way to go, Tony!

    But it brings up an interesting question. The guy he saved was a Chargers fan. So ok, let's say you're having dinner and start choking. The only one who comes to your assistance is TJ Dooshmanzada. Do you let him save your life or do you choke to death??

    Hmmmm???
    Hmm....

    I think I'd let him save me.

    Then, after I'd gotten myself together I would immediately drop-kick his ugly head straight off his shoulders and then yell "DON'T YOU EVER DISRESPECT THE TERRIBLE TOWEL, BIOTCH!!!" at his still shaking decapitated body.
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    Re: OT: Finally some good news involving a NFL player

    Quote Originally Posted by eniparadoxgma
    Quote Originally Posted by rpmpit
    That is awesome. Way to go, Tony!

    But it brings up an interesting question. The guy he saved was a Chargers fan. So ok, let's say you're having dinner and start choking. The only one who comes to your assistance is TJ Dooshmanzada. Do you let him save your life or do you choke to death??

    Hmmmm???
    Hmm....

    I think I'd let him save me.

    Then, after I'd gotten myself together I would immediately drop-kick his ugly head straight off his shoulders and then yell "DON'T YOU EVER DISRESPECT THE TERRIBLE TOWEL, BIOTCH!!!" at his still shaking decapitated body.
    NICE!!!

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    Re: OT: Finally some good news involving a NFL player

    Quote Originally Posted by rpmpit
    That is awesome. Way to go, Tony!

    But it brings up an interesting question. The guy he saved was a Chargers fan. So ok, let's say you're having dinner and start choking. The only one who comes to your assistance is TJ Dooshmanzada. Do you let him save your life or do you choke to death??

    Hmmmm???
    I heard the interview on ESPN news between Tony and the guy he saved. Then the reporter asked the question of his allegiance, and he said he was a chargers fan but now he's a chiefs fan. I remember thinking, if I were in his shoes, I would love Tony Gonzalez the guy, but how could he call himself a fan of the Chargers and change allegiances to the Chiefs? I continue to think this whole, "I'm a fan" gets thrown around way too easily. There is a difference between being a fan and a follower of a team.

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