Shockey saves choking teammate

AP

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.

47 responses to “Shockey saves choking teammate

  1. I figured Steve Smith would jump at the opportunity to punch a teammate and have no consequences.

  2. This is why the Saints should have kept Shockey. He’s the only person that can keep the Panthers from choking.

    Jokes aside, good job there buddy.

  3. If properly applied, the Heimlich maneuver is the most effective way to remove an upper airway obstruction such as a food bolus. However, in the hands of novice this technique can be considered a dangerous weapon with unintended consequences. Props to the Shockey for delivering a PED-enhanced blow to Hartsock’s back.

  4. “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.”

    Waiting for Goodell to fine Shockey for hitting Hartsock too hard on his back, and then bring him to New York for a meeting to determine if he’ll be suspended or no.

  5. They lucked out with the blow to the back, but that doesn’t mean you abandon the Heimlich maneuver. It forces the food outwards from your stomach/diaphragm, whereas a blow to the back could potentially make things worse. Thankfully it didn’t this time.

  6. Good job. It’s about time he did something good. He is one of the most overrated te ever.

  7. I agree pspring63. I applied the technique to a lady choking in a grocery store, and it worked beautifully. I had never before or since had the occasion or opportunity, and I was really scared doing it because of fear that it wouldnt work, but since no one else responded and she was dying I gave it a go. She was so scared that afterward we discovered she urinated on the floor.

    My brother also saved my Dad’s life in a similar fashion. Perhaps the player’s size and musculature had an effect, and the forceful blow by Jeremy did the trick. I don’t think the “holding him upside down by the leg” would work too good either.

  8. Man, this sets the jokes up on a tee. Our defense is bad enough, now I have to hear choking jokes.

  9. I’ve always been a fan of this guy, especially when he first came into the league. I’ll never forget the time when shocky was a Giant and that guy called him out before the game, and then during the game shockey caught a pass and purposely ran him over. Fun times!

  10. Blows to the back to are part of the Red Cross first aid/choking training. The “supposedly tried-and-true” Heimlich Maneuver works, but the blows to the back are also a recognized way to help somebody who is choking. A person can use them in combination.

    So good job, Jeremy Shockey!

  11. Many people forget to bend the person over at the waist (no jokes here) when applying the Heimlich. If you don’t do that, it won’t work (at least many times).

  12. Even though he battled injury problems last season, I was sad to see Shockey go from my Saints. I think he has been very misunderstood. I remember him most for his TD catch in Super Bowl XLIV. Kudos to Jeremy Shockey for being a great human being.

  13. haha, I even had a few laughs with some of these comments. A choking incident couldn’t have happened on another team right now. Good job Shockey.

    go panthers

  14. Shockey saves choking teammate

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    Vick plays for the Panthers, too?

  15. All you Carolina folks are lucky to have Jeremy. We still miss him in New Orleans. I see he’s already making an impact, albeit through a hard clap on the back. But hey, saving the life of a team mate is right up there with other heroic moments he’s had during his time with the Saints.

    All the best to you, man.

  16. Guh. At least he didn’t need mouth-to-mouth. Can you imagine?

    “The good news is you’re still breathing and you’ll live. The bad news is that you now have herpes.”

  17. I once did the Heimlich on a guy in a restaurant in Durham, in 1985. I was having dinner with him and his wife and a piece of steak got stuck in his throat. It took several attempts, but he finally spit out the steak. I thought, wow, I’m going to get a free dinner. The only thanks I got from his was a comment: “You could have done it harder and made it come out earlier.”

    I still felt good that I saved his life and it still makes me feel good today, 26 years later. But, if it had happened again, based upon his comment to me, I would have first tried to give him a swift kick in the nads to see if that would help, then apply the Heimlicj. If nothing else, it would make ME feel better.

    Good job Jeremy. Ya done good!

  18. “cleverbob says:
    Aug 30, 2011 8:18 AM
    whereas a blow to the back could potentially make things worse. Thankfully it didn’t this time.”

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    No it doesn’t. The blow helps force any obstruction out of the throat. I just re-qualified on CPR/ First aid, and the Red Cross advocates using the Heimlich (they call it abdominal thrusts) AND five swift blows to the upper back area between the shoulder blades.

    I don’t know if I’m allowed to link websites, but check the Red Cross website. It’s right there.

  19. granadafan says:
    Aug 30, 2011 11:31 AM

    “cleverbob says:
    Aug 30, 2011 8:18 AM
    whereas a blow to the back could potentially make things worse. Thankfully it didn’t this time.”

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    No it doesn’t. The blow helps force any obstruction out of the throat. I just re-qualified on CPR/ First aid, and the Red Cross advocates using the Heimlich (they call it abdominal thrusts) AND five swift blows to the upper back area between the shoulder blades.

    I don’t know if I’m allowed to link websites, but check the Red Cross website. It’s right there.
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    Good for you. I think everyone should be CPR / First Aid trained if they care about the people around them. I just re-upped last year, and my trainers have always been dismissive of the swift blows (except in the case of a toddler too small for abdominal thrusts). Apparently there are differing opinions.

  20. memphisyinzer says:
    I once did the Heimlich on a guy in a restaurant in Durham, in 1985. I was having dinner with him and his wife and a piece of steak got stuck in his throat. It took several attempts, but he finally spit out the steak. I thought, wow, I’m going to get a free dinner. The only thanks I got from his was a comment: “You could have done it harder and made it come out earlier.”

    I still felt good that I saved his life and it still makes me feel good today, 26 years later. But, if it had happened again, based upon his comment to me, I would have first tried to give him a swift kick in the nads to see if that would help, then apply the Heimlicj. If nothing else, it would make ME feel better
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    That, right there, is the single biggest doosh I have ever heard of, hands down.

    Wasn’t happy that you saved his a$$ from his own gluttony, trying to swallow a cow intact, but complaining that you saved it too slowly?????

    I would have rammed that chunk of meat back down his gullet with a side of potatos, and see how fast he can save his OWN a$$.

    You are to be commended for not choking this jacka$$ to death with your bare hands.

  21. Hahaha, man there are some really good quotes in here! Had my a$$ laughing pretty hard!

    I must add:

    “Specifically, Shockey hit Hartsock hard on his back, forcing the piece of food free.”

    When’s the last time the words “hit, hard and Shockey” were used in the same sentance and Shockey not placed on the IR list?

  22. Anyone making a joke or negative comment about Shocky saving a life obviously is making up for a lack of self confidence in themselves which starts to explain the Teebow comments now judging others unobjectively to make yourself feel better about yourself no that is the devils way try to feel good on the inside be objective please look up the word if you do not know what it means (objective) and be proud of Shocky and try to be great yourself like Shocky was in that situation.

  23. Hey real gm b4 u start goin all religious an self righteous learn the guys name. Its shockey not shocky. Be honest u just wanted to save the blasphemous sinners an wanted an excuse

  24. I don’t know about Heimlich vs. hits to the back, but I’m guessing that giving the guy water to drink probably wasn’t a good idea. Wouldn’t that go right down the windpipe?

  25. Better Headline:

    SHOCKEY SAVES CHOKING TEAMMATE – FLACCO REQUESTS FOR RAVENS TO TRADE FOR SHOCKEY

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