"Feel Good" Football Stories
Seems all we hear about the najority of the time is when an athlete gets arrested or does something stupid. We rarely hear about the good things athletes do, so I thought I'd start a thread where we could post all the "feel good" stories we find about football players from any level. I'll start with two I read this week.
Pair of Missouri Western Players Dubbed Heroes After Saving Trapped Toddler
Tired of all the negativity generated by crooked boosters, suspensions, and the inevitability of super conferences when it comes to college football stories? Well, prepare to have the cockles of your heart warmed with this story of heroism, courtesy of a pair of Missouri Western players.
Jack Long and Shane Simpson are not only defensive backs for the Missouri Western State Griffons, but they’re also team co-captains. The pair had just finished practice on a sweltering hot August afternoon, preparing for their season opener on September 1 against Pittsburg State, when they came upon the sight of a frantic woman beating on her car as they drove home. Confused and intrigued, the pair stopped to assess the situation, and render aid if possible.
“We just saw this woman beating on the car with a bat,” Long said. ”We thought she maybe had locked her keys in the car, but then thought that was kind of an extreme thing to do for keys.
Turns out the woman was Teresa Gall, and she had plenty good reason to panic, after accidentally locking her keys in the car, with her 17-month-old grandson Liam trapped inside. Gall and her sister tried smashing the window in with a hammer, but to no avail. The situation was desperate, as young Liam was already starting to become sick and drift in and out consciousness.
Cue the hero music, as Long and Simpson took over to save the day.
“All I heard was there’s a baby trapped in the car,” explained Simpson–himself a father of a toddler. “Adrenaline took over, and that’s really all I remember.”
Simpson took the hammer, busted the car window with one swing, and pulled Liam to safety.
While Gall tended to her grandson inside the house, Long and Simpson went on their way, but returned later to check on the boy.
“That’s what I thought was so unbelievable,” explained Gall. ”That these two young men, not only helped save his life, but came back to see how he was doing.”
Liam is no worse for wear, suffering only from a bit of dehydration. The thankful Gall wanted to give the dynamic duo money for their efforts, but they declined. Long and Simpson know, you don’t get into the hero business to make money—just ask Superman and/or Spiderman, superheroes who had to hold down menial jobs just to pay the bills. The Griffons players understand that helping others is it’s own reward. So to them I say, job well done lads, you’ve made your mothers, and your school, proud.
Indiana linemen flip burning pickup truck, save pregnant woman
By Cameron Smith
Linemen spend much of their offseason lifting weights to try and build up as much strength as possible. It's part and parcel of the identity of playing along football's front line. Still, three members of the Forest Park (Ind.) High offensive line took those feats of strength a bit further on Saturday, when they lifted and flipped an overturned, burning pickup truck to save a pregnant woman who was trapped inside.
According to the Dubois County Herald and Forest Park's football booster club website, Anthony Fischer, Austin Kempf and Ethan Knust were entering Rural King, an Indiana chain of farm and home stores, when a car spun out and was involved in a fiery crash.
After traversing a virtual obstacle course just to get to the crash -- the Herald reported that the trio ran through a deep roadside ditch and stomped down a barbed-wire fence just to reach the struggling passengers in the wreck -- the linemen helped the driver out of his trapped seat while flames started to lap against his overturned truck. As soon as he was freed, the driver reached back in to rescue his 3-year-old daughter.
That's when he told the linemen his pregnant wife was trapped inside the truck, and the boys sprang into action. First, the trio got additional help from two other bystanders -- an older man in a back brace and a woman in a military uniform -- and then coordinated a five-man lift to flip the truck over, all while the automobile's engine compartment was lapped by flames.
The group effort overturned the truck in time for the woman to escape without further incident, ensuring that everyone in the accident survived without any significant harm.
All in a day's work for humanitarian linemen in the middle of Indiana. While normal civilians might have considered the near-World's Strongest Man feat an act of heroic intervention, the three football players hardly seemed surprised that they pulled off the feat at all.
"We're football players and I knew we could do it," Fischer told the Herald.
Added Kempf: "We had to flip the truck over. It was just a midsize truck."