Being a professional athlete isn’t just about winning games; it’s also about being a role model who children look up to. When it comes to scenarios where a life is in danger, a few athletes have stepped in and did what they could to help someone in need. Today, we look at five athletes who saved someone’s life.
Christian McCaffrey has quickly become one of the best young running backs. The third-year man out of Stanford has made defenders look silly in each of his two NFL seasons. He could be in for a breakout year in with the Panthers.
While hiking in Colorado, McCaffrey and his friends came across a man who’d fallen 20 feet off a cliff. They sprang into action, calling 911 and helping stabilize the older gentleman until a helicopter could airlift him to safety. It was a heroic act by the Panthers running back.
While at brunch with family, Mitchell Loewen witnessed a car falling four stories off a parking garage. The NFL defensive lineman ran to the overturned car and helped flip it over, saving a man trapped.
Lowen told NOLA.com, “There were a bunch of people standing around, but not approaching the car and I was like ‘What’s up, let’s help this guy. I mean obviously there was someone in there. I wasn’t going to just stand by and watch. It was a life or death situation.” His actions helped the victim overcome serious injuries from the fall.
The Boston Red Sox great is still regarded for his heroism on the baseball field. On August 7, 1982, Jim Rice witnessed a young fan get struck by a baseball during a game. The Keane’s had baseball tickets behind the first baseline, when the youngest son, 4-year old Jonathan Keane, was hit by a foul ball.
Rice rushed the child, who was bleeding profusely from his head, into the clubhouse until the paramedics arrived. The boy made a full recovery and was able to recount the story to Sports Illustrated.
Umpire John Tumpane
MLB umpire John Tumpane found himself in a dire situation before a game in 2017. As he walked to his hotel, Tumpane saw a young woman climb over the rail on Pittsburgh’s Clemente Bridge. He hooked his arms around the young woman to keep her from falling and said, “Oh no. You don’t want to do that. It’s just as good over here.”
The woman tried to get away, saying, “I’m better off on this side. Just let me go,” but Tumpane wouldn’t allow it. “I’m not going to let you go,” he said. “Let’s talk this out.” The woman eventually decided not to jump.
After she was in safe care, the umpire went to the Pirates/Rays game. When asked about it, Tumpane said, “I just happened to be there … I saw somebody in need.”
This underrated NBA big man has saved many lives posthumously. When Jerome “No Mercy” Kersey passed away in 2015, he’d listed himself as an organ donor. This resulted in the NBA player donating his corneas and muscle tissue to people in need. There is no greater donation than the gift of life, and Kersey will always be remembered for his actions.