It’s a good thing that Panthers owner Jerry Richardson didn’t veto the decision to sign tight end Jeremy Shockey, given his various tattoos. On Monday, Shockey saved the life of fellow tight end Ben Hartsock.
A piece of pork tenderloin became lodged in Hartsock’s throat, per Brad Biggs of NFP. After drinking water didn’t work, a teammate tried to apply the Heimlich maneuver.
When the Heimlich maneuver didn’t work, Shockey applied brute force. Specifically, Shockey hit Hartsock hard on his back, forcing the piece of food free.
Kudos to Shockey for his quick thinking — and for his ability to improvise when the supposedly tried-and-true Heimlich approach wasn’t successful.