Former CFL player saves choking man’s life
Former Saskatchewan Roughrider Jerrell Freeman has always been on the ball on the football field, but his quick thinking Sunday saved a man’s life.
Freeman, now 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 6-foot, 236pound 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 life-saving 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 Saskatchewan from 2009-11 before joining the Indianapolis Colts.
Freeman spent two seasons with Indianapolis before heading to Chicago.
Another game, another win for Travis Lulay.
The veteran quarterback threw for 404 yards and two TDs in rallying B.C. to a 4542 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
Jennings suffered an upper-body 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.
It’s been a tough start to the season for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and things aren’t about to get any easier.
Hamilton (0-4) is the CFL’s lone winless team after dropping a heart-breaking 31-28 home decision to Edmonton on Thursday night. Mike Reilly erased a 28-23 deficit with a 15-yard TD strike to Vidal Hazelton, then found Bryant Mitchell for the two-point convert to cap a 75-yard scoring drive with 1:10 remaining.
Reilly completed 27-of-37 passes for 350 yards and three touchdowns as the Eskimos played without allstar slotback Adarius Bowman,
On Saturday, Hamilton visits the Calgary Stampeders (3-1-1), who are coming off a 27-10 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Running back Jerome Messam, the CFL’s rushing leader last year, ran for 135 yards and a TD on 28 carries while defensive end Charleston Hughes recorded three of his team’s five sacks after missing two games with a leg injury.
Toronto Argonauts quarterback Steven Jyles is tackled by Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Jerrell Freeman in a game on Sept. 17, 2011, in Regina. Freeman, now playing in the NFL, saved a man’s life at an airport in Austin, Texas.
Travis Lulay: Two games, 840 yards, five touchdown passes.