For­mer CFL player saves chok­ing man’s life

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DAN RALPH

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.

LU­LAY ROLLING

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.

TOUGH STRETCH

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.

CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO

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.

CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO

Travis Lu­lay: Two games, 840 yards, five touch­down passes.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.