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Shockey saves choking teammate

2002: JEREMY SHOCKEY, Tight end, Miami Drafted: First

2002: JEREMY SHOCKEY, Tight end, Miami
Drafted: First round, No. 14 overall
Shockey spent his first six seasons in the NFL with the Giants and made four trips to the Pro Bowl. He was as outspoken off the field as he was productive on the field. He had 510 receptions and 33 touchdowns with the Giants before going to the New Orleans Saints.
Impact: Hit
Credit: AP

Former Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey came to the rescue of teammate Ben Hartsock, who played last season with the Jets, after Hartsock couldn’t breathe because a piece of food was stock in his throat.

According to the National Football Post, Hartsock’s agent, Mike McCartney, said Shockey helped his fellow tight end after a piece of pork tenderloin became lodged in Hartsock’s throat. 

Hartsock tried drinking water to clear his throat, but it didn’t work.

“He started to go to the bathroom and I don’t know if he collapsed, but he couldn’t breathe,” McCartney said. “Some new guy came and tried to give him the Heimlich. It didn’t work. Then, Shockey hit him in the back pretty hard and out came the meat. The Panthers told me it was really scary.

“Ben told me Shockey came over and gave me the Heimlich Maneuver and saved my life,” McCartney said. “He was in good spirits and he’s real thankful for Shockey.”

At practice later that day, teammates joked with the veteran tight end, telling him, “Don’t choke, Hartsock.”


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