Former CFL player’s quick think­ing saves chok­ing man’s life

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY DAN RALPH

Former CFL player Jer­rell Free­man has al­ways been on the ball on the football field, but his quick think­ing Sun­day saved a man’s life.

Free­man, a line­backer with the NFL’s Chicago Bears, was at an air­port in Austin, Texas, en route to train­ing camp. He’d stopped to have a sand­wich when he no­ticed an­other man stand up and have a con­cerned look on his face.

A woman no­ticed the man was chok­ing and at­tempted the Heim­lich ma­noeu­vre but couldn’t de­liver enough force. So the six-foot, 236-pound Free­man stepped in, need­ing to per­form the move twice in order re­solve the sit­u­a­tion.

After­wards, the two men posed for a photo to­gether and Free­man later tweeted about the life-sav­ing in­ci­dent.

“CRAZY!! Just saved my guy Mar­cus Ryan’s life by us­ing the Heim­lich ma­noeu­vre in the mid­dle of the Austin air­port! WOW Mom would be proud haha,” Free­man tweeted.

Free­man’s mother is a nurse and the two had spo­ken about what to do in such an emer­gency. Free­man said it marked the first time he’d ever been re­quired to per­form the life­sav­ing move. And, he added, the man later re­turned to fin­ish­ing the rest of his sand­wich.

Free­man is en­ter­ing his sec­ond sea­son with Chicago, reg­is­ter­ing 110 tack­les in 12 games in 2016 af­ter sign­ing a three-year, US$12-mil­lion deal. He played for the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers from 2009-11 be­fore join­ing the In­di­anapo­lis Colts. He spent two sea­sons with In­di­anapo­lis be­fore head­ing to Chicago.

LU­LAY ROLLS ALONG: An­other game, an­other win for Travis Lu­lay.

The vet­eran quar­ter­back threw for 404 yards and two TDs in ral­ly­ing B.C. to a 45-42 home win over Win­nipeg on Friday night. The Lions outscored the Blue Bombers 18-0 in the fourth quar­ter to im­prove to 4-1 and stand tied for first with Ed­mon­ton (4-0) in the West Divi­sion stand­ings.

Lu­lay re­placed in­jured starter Jonathon Jen­nings and threw for a record 436 yards and three TDs in lead­ing B.C. past the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats 41-26 on July 15. Lu­lay’s per­for­mance was a CFL record for a player com­ing off the bench and also earned the Lions a sweep of three straight road games ver­sus East Divi­sion teams.

Jen­nings suf­fered an up­per­body in­jury ver­sus Hamil­ton, press­ing Lu­lay into ser­vice. The Lions are hope­ful Jen­nings can re­sume throw­ing this week as they pre­pare to face Ed­mon­ton on Friday night.

If Jen­nings is healthy enough to go, then head coach/GM Wally Buono has a very nice prob­lem to ad­dress re­gard­ing who’ll start against the Es­ki­mos.

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