Bucs linemen rescues three teens from Gulf of Mexico

During one of the craziest, upside-down days in NFL history, it’s nice to wrap our arms around a story of a good deed performed by one of the league’s players.

Robbyn Mitchell of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Ted Larsen, a draft pick in 2010 of the Pats who was cut and spent the year with the Buccaneers, was fishing with his girlfriend in the Gulf of Mexico when heard the Coast Guard signal that boaters were in distress.  After checking the coordinates, he realized that he was close to the location.

He found near Honeymoon Island an overturned kayak, with two teens clinging to it in the water and one still in the boat.  Larsen pulled them out and then took them in his 24-foot boat back to shore.

“It could have been a big deal. You always read about overturned kayaks,” said Larsen, who started 11 games at guard in 2010.  “It was good to help them.  It just felt it was a good thing to do. . . .  You’ve got be aware of the weather. The ocean can turn on you.”

We now return you to the overturned kayak that is the National Football League.

35 responses to “Bucs linemen rescues three teens from Gulf of Mexico

  1. a solid buc on and off the field… in other news jeff faine wanted to help out but refused to until a better offer came along

  2. Minutes after saving the three teens, Larsen’s girlfriend stabbed him with a swordfish.

    “I should’ve seen it coming,” said Larsen.

  3. With everything that is wrong with the NFL and the mentality of some of these players, it is always a great story when you hear about the good that players do. For every punk in the headlines, There are several great people in the NFL whos stories are never told.

  4. It’s always nice to read a “random lockout-filler” type story that doesn’t involve an arrest or assault of some sort. Ted Larsen, a good day to you sir.

  5. Glad to hear things turned out well, last time a guy drafted by the Pats tried to save someone else from drowning it was Marquis Hill and he died doing it 😦

  6. I was just at Honeymoon Island myself recently. If it was windy, why the hell would anyone be out there in a kayak? When I was there, there were waves pounding us because of the wind.

  7. “We now return you to the overturned kayak that is the National Football League.”

    Yeah, where’s the boat that’s gonna come along and rescue THAT kayak?

  8. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that no one has commented on this post since there is nothing at all bad to say about what Ted Larsen. Ted, you are what civilized people call a ‘Hero’. Kudos to you for your quick thinking action.

  9. just wanted know tombradysponytail when a canoe or kayak overturns their is a air pocket were the seat is. therefore because its a kayak he probably went into the air pocket. not patronizing or anything just informing you so you know good sir or madam.

  10. there’s something wrong with this guy are you sure he is a NFL player. No shooting stabbing fighting with cops no drugs or dui GET REAL.

  11. Why don’t we ever hear of the guys getting stabbed and arrested for everything under the sun doing something like this? Great job!

  12. More stories on the players who are not knuckleheads and the legal ramblings is needed!

    Nice job, Ted!

    While not life saving a similar positive story this regarding an owner, Bob Kraft has given UMass the use of Gillette Field to play their home games. This gives UMass an opportunity to continue to grow their football program.

  13. bammer1 says:
    Apr 28, 2011 11:06 AM
    just wanted know tombradysponytail when a canoe or kayak overturns their is a air pocket were the seat is. therefore because its a kayak he probably went into the air pocket. not patronizing or anything just informing you so you know good sir or madam.

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    Okay, not to be a jerk or anything, but are you joking? Even if he could magically curl himself up and do a somersault in his kayak as it is rolling over, why would he stay inside when he could just get out and breath the outside air with his buddies? When you tip in a kayak, you have two options, roll or get out. Well, I guess there is the third option, drown.

    Just so you know…

  14. pirate49 says: Apr 28, 2011 10:15 AM

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that no one has commented on this post since there is nothing at all bad to say about what Ted Larsen.
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    That’s because he’s a former Pat not a current one so all the idiots like foozie drooler or whatever his name is) 3octave fart ,jimmysmith and gregjennings85 etc. didn’t get their “Pats post bat alert” and head over here. 😀

    God for Larsen though, I always love positive stories.
    There are many more good & decent guys than bad ones in the NFL.

  15. And here I was being assured by the media that the Bucs were a team in need of high character guys because the roster (and coaching staff/FO) was full of turds.

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