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Neighbor calls Matt Cassel a hero after house fire

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Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel sprang into action late Thursday night when a neighbor’s house caught on fire, and he’s being hailed as a hero in the neighborhood.

When Cassel’s wife saw smoke and flames coming from a neighbor’s house, Cassel ran there, rang the doorbell and pounded on the door until the woman inside came out. The woman said she didn’t even realize her house was on fire until Cassel alerted her.

“I know Matt wouldn’t want this kind of attention, but I definitely think he was a hero last night,” a neighbor told KMBC 9 in Kansas City.

Cassel didn’t want to speak on camera about the situation but passed along a message to the TV station.

“I wasn’t heroic at all,” Cassel said. “I just ran up to the house and alerted them. The real heroes are the firefighters.”

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54 Responses to “Neighbor calls Matt Cassel a hero after house fire”
  1. rayguyreturns says: Jan 29, 2012 12:10 PM

    The real hero was his wife who was alert enough to notice what was going on.

  2. berniemadoffsides says: Jan 29, 2012 12:16 PM

    Hero? Bit of a stretch…

  3. acdc363 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:24 PM

    Who let the dogs out? WE let the dogs out. Emphasis on the WE.

  4. joetoronto says: Jan 29, 2012 12:26 PM

    Cassel tried throwing a football at the house first but he missed, and had to walk over.

  5. cowhawkfan says: Jan 29, 2012 12:29 PM

    Heroism takes many forms. Sometimes it requires performing dangerous acts that put yourself in physical peril, sometimes it means standing up for what is right and risk your job, other times it’s as simple as alerting someone to danger. Many people would not have even done what Matt did and would’ve simply watched the house burn. So, yes, both he and his wife are Heros.

  6. shawon0meter says: Jan 29, 2012 12:29 PM

    “hero” is not a stretch. put yourself in the shoes of the lady who’s house was on fire and imagine how thankful you would be for matt cassel.

  7. jeffz303 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:32 PM

    On behalf of Chiefs’ fans everywhere, we wish Matt well in his future endeavors as a hero.

    Now Pioli, get us a real QB please.

  8. rushmatic says: Jan 29, 2012 12:32 PM

    In this age of ignorance and stupidity, yes, he’s a hero.

    How many drooling, belly-button lint-picking idiots out there can you imagine would just watch and wonder who is going to do something?

  9. polishkingski says: Jan 29, 2012 12:33 PM

    pioli, stromboli, canolli….mmmmmmmmmmmm.

  10. iminra6 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:35 PM

    Matt Cassel and his wife are good humanitarians, however the Chiefs need to move on from you being the starting QB. No disrespect, but it time. it was a failed experiment.

    If the Chiefs want to go to and advance in the playoffs they have to make a change at QB

    Replay Terrell Suggs comments about the chiefs in the playoffs last year,and the Ravens talking about how the( qb can’t hang) and their soft. they’re not battle tested,they can’t with hang with us. unquote.

  11. phadedwun says: Jan 29, 2012 12:36 PM

    When I saw hero after house fire.. I expected that he would have at least entered the house.

    …Not run to the house and knock on the door.

  12. bigswifty74 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:38 PM

    “Hero” is not a stretch, berniemadoffsides.
    What have YOU done lately, except put down people who help to make a difference?

  13. packerman1968 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:42 PM

    Hero might be a little strong, he did not kick in the door and save anyone.

    But he is a good neighbor and person for what he did .

  14. wte1 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:46 PM

    Well Done Matt!

    Patriots fans like myself have the greatest respect in the world for you!

  15. thraiderskin says: Jan 29, 2012 12:51 PM

       [heer-oh] Show IPA
    noun, plural -roes; for 5 also -ros.
    1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
    2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child.”

    …Fair enough?

  16. teal379 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:53 PM

    Hero IS a stretch – he’s a concerned neighbor, an alert citizen and a good guy but he’s not a hero.

    If he had gone in the house and done a room by room sweep for people – that’s a hero.

    Hero – to me, implies at the least a modicum of danger – knocking on the door of your neighbor doesn’t apply.

  17. therealsmiley says: Jan 29, 2012 1:01 PM

    Cassel and his wife probably saved the people in the house..that’s a hero to me. Hail!

  18. showerswithsandusky says: Jan 29, 2012 1:04 PM

    Well done Matt & Mrs Matt! Thumbs up.

  19. Chairman Al says: Jan 29, 2012 1:04 PM

    I find Matt Cassel to be horrendously overrated. I think he filled in on an outstanding Patriots team that made him look leaps and bounds better than he is. Just my opinion, but laying that out there to say this:

    Absolutely, I would consider his actions heroic. Putting himself in any kind of danger to help a fellow person earns him that in my book.

  20. demonspank says: Jan 29, 2012 1:14 PM

    Well, he does wear tights on Sundays…

    Well done, being alert might have saved a life. I’m sure we all would like to be able to say that of ourselves.

  21. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 29, 2012 1:38 PM

    Finally a nfl player makes news for something good and not some late night drama at “insert issue here that happens at 2:30am”.

  22. cubs103years says: Jan 29, 2012 1:47 PM

    If he didnt alert the people they would have died great Jon Matt

  23. sschmiggles says: Jan 29, 2012 1:48 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks the word hero is thrown around way too much these days?

    I always thought being a hero involved some kind of self sacrifice. This seems more like being a good samaritan than a hero.

  24. apage53915 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:54 PM

    You can make fun of him all you want, but you would want someone like Matt to knock on your door if heaven forbid your house was on fire….good job Matt, even though this post comes from a Raiders fan.

  25. east96st says: Jan 29, 2012 1:55 PM

    “Finally a nfl player makes news for something good and not some late night drama at “insert issue here that happens at 2:30am”.”

    Actually, every team is filed with guys who are pillars of the community and help kids, the sick, the homeless, etc. Those stories don’t generate “hits’, so they rarely make the news. Also, most of them – including Cassel who took no credit for himself – are modest about what they do. Just because the paparazzi doesn’t take pictures of these guys building a playground in a poverty stricken area, doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.

  26. gerard33 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:57 PM

    I’m proud to observe that the Chiefs have a long history of heroics off the field

    1. Joe Delaney of course
    2. Tony G saved a choking person in a restaurant
    3. Leonard Pope’s rescue at a pool party
    4. Cassell

    Now let’s go win a g.d. playoff game

  27. hoochbcs says: Jan 29, 2012 2:22 PM

    Tyler Palko then showed up and saved her cat.

  28. craigsimsrules says: Jan 29, 2012 2:22 PM

    Was the fire at todd haley’s house?

  29. wtfchiefs says: Jan 29, 2012 2:29 PM

    Good for him Here’s hoping he celebrates through retirement

  30. foooolerm says: Jan 29, 2012 2:41 PM

    Matt Cassell told anyone listening hes was NOT the hero. Just think. This could have taken place in Denver. Then there would have been a miniseries with the star telling his publicity machine to tell the world it was Gods will and he actually was a hero, and not just a hyped up ……… (fill in the blanks)

  31. linvillegorge says: Jan 29, 2012 2:46 PM

    Hero – quite possibly the most abused word in the English language. Once I farted in the car and cracked the windows for the other passengers to ventilate the situation. Hero.

  32. riverhorsey says: Jan 29, 2012 2:47 PM

    Matt did the right thing. Now Pioli needs to quit eavesdropping on the employees, do the right thing and get Peyton Manning into a Chiefs uniform.

  33. yettyskills says: Jan 29, 2012 2:53 PM

    Doing the right and responsible thing should be common enough that we no longer label these people ‘heroes’, and just label them ‘good people’, and maybe one day just ‘people”.

  34. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 29, 2012 2:56 PM

    “I wasn’t heroic at all,” Cassel said. “I just ran up to the house and alerted them. The real heroes are the firefighters.”


    I totally agree with Cassel.

    He’s not a hero at all and the real heroes were the firemen…

  35. spartan31fan says: Jan 29, 2012 2:56 PM

    On behalf of proffesional firefighters everywhere, thanks matt. Oh yeah, dont listen to these morons. Keep playing, if any of us had any talent we’d be on the field with you.

  36. xrateplaya says: Jan 29, 2012 3:00 PM

    Knocking on a door is not a hero..and he wasnt even the one who notices..

    Just like his pocket presence

  37. vols84 says: Jan 29, 2012 3:05 PM

    Trade Cassell for Manning.

  38. detroitcityryda says: Jan 29, 2012 3:10 PM

    Too bad cassel can’t be a hero on the field

  39. dsimp724 says: Jan 29, 2012 3:30 PM

    First he tried to throw some water on the fire but unfortunately hit the wrong house

  40. randomjim says: Jan 29, 2012 3:38 PM

    For all you people not paying attention –
    NEIGHBOR calls Matt Cassel a hero, not media, not Matt himself, NEIGHBOR called him a hero. Put yourself in her shoes & what would you say to show your appreciation ?

  41. harkonnenscum says: Jan 29, 2012 3:42 PM

    Seems to me that the chiefs are headed in the right direction. Pope saves a kid from drowning, and Cassel saves a womans house from being burned to the ground. Now those are High Character people that i’m glad to root for on the field. Go Chiefs!

  42. bcgreg says: Jan 29, 2012 4:41 PM

    @ iminra6

    Really? You quote Terrell Suggs? How’s Baltimore’s QB? Didn’t Cassell go to the Pro Bowl and take the Chiefs to the playoffs in 2010? And, gee, Jamaal Charles might have helped this year (Moeaki too). Cassel is fine.

  43. knew8411 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:52 PM

    I am certain, that the actions of this man & his wife, saved the life of the home owner, as she said, she did not even realize the house was on fire. It does not take long to be overcome w/smoke inhalation, and lose consciousness (& ultimately die), the act of alerting her, was heroic.
    Praise the Lord that these two ppl were there, when the homeowner needed someone.

    God Bless

  44. pike573 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:56 PM

    He’s no Marky Mark.

  45. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 29, 2012 5:16 PM

    Nice job by Cassell!! I been a firefighter 23 years never saved anything but a dog. And I thought it was dead when I was carrying it out of the house…

  46. sdffa11 says: Jan 29, 2012 5:28 PM

    This shows how far our society has fallen, that we recognize Matt cassel’s deed as heroic. While what Matt did was noble, hes not a hero. He did what a normal everyday person SHOULD do in that situation.

    It’s sad we have to glorify common sense duties

  47. yevrag3535 says: Jan 29, 2012 5:43 PM

    Big deal, thank God nobody hurt. You are really looking for stories.

  48. lewisisthebestsincepb says: Jan 29, 2012 5:50 PM

    Class act

  49. iminra6 says: Jan 29, 2012 6:01 PM

    Did you watch last years playoff game, plus The Chiefs schedule vs Ravens,please not to mention Cassel only went because Brady turned it down and he was The only qb Who threw intercepyions in The pro bowl, goodness sake, face The music. Overrated, but a good competitor

  50. perry1977 says: Jan 29, 2012 6:23 PM

    Thank goodness it wasn’t Kyle Orton. He might have tried to pee on the flames to put it out and then….KABOOM!!!

  51. vipod4ever says: Jan 29, 2012 8:40 PM

    What a bunch of synical, hypocrital people who have commented here in a sarcastic or negative fashion. Great society indeed when a pro athlete does something humane but we find the need to ridicule…no wonder the western world is in a mess….just saying!

  52. The Prophet says: Jan 29, 2012 8:42 PM

    I agree with Cassell, he wasn’t a hero. People throw that term around on normal people too much.

  53. kevinfromphilly says: Jan 30, 2012 7:48 AM

    Ironically, these were the same neighbors who left a flaming bag of dog poo on Cassels doorstep after last season.

  54. outlawchief says: Jan 30, 2012 5:46 PM

    “Did you watch last years playoff game, plus The Chiefs schedule vs Ravens,please not to mention Cassel only went because Brady turned it down and he was The only qb Who threw intercepyions in The pro bowl, goodness sake, face The music. Overrated, but a good competitor”

    All three AFC quarterbacks struggled, combining to throw six interceptions. Philip Rivers and Matt Cassel threw two apiece, with Peyton Manning adding one for good measure. Manning was completely ineffective in limited duties, completing just two passes for 12 yards and that interception.

    Would be wise to check stats before trying to make a case. Cassel may never be an Elite QB. But he is a good QB. If we would keep a OC for more than a year he could develop. And last year wasn’t his fault. Keep up the Goo work Matt and GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!

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