Blog Entry

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:02 pm
 
"I wasn't heroic at all," Cassel said. ..."The real heroes are the firefighters." (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

In general, the quarterback is the face of the franchise. And that means, for good or bad, he's the first person fans point to when things aren't going well. But that's the deal: you get the accolades when the team wins just with the full understanding that you're the first stop when the torch-and-pitchfork crowd gathers.

Turns out, quarterbacks are people too. And when they're not throwing touchdowns or interceptions, they're living their lives. And apparently, one Kansas City-area woman has Chiefs' quarterback Matt Cassel to thank for saving her from a house fire.

According to KMBC, "the quick actions of a Kansas City Chiefs player may have helped keep the homeowner from harm. …

"Neighbors told KMBC 9 News that Cassel's wife first spotted the smoke and flames coming from the home's chimney. Cassel ran to his neighbor's house, rang the doorbell, pounded on the front door and started to circle the house until he saw the woman who lives there come outside."

The woman said she didn't realize her house was on fire until Cassel sprung into action.  No one was injured in the fire, but a neighbor told KMBC that "I know Matt wouldn't want this kind of attention, but I definitely think he was a hero last night."

Cassel's response: "I wasn't heroic at all. I just ran up to the house and alerted them. The real heroes are the firefighters."

The Chiefs may have had a tough 2011 season but they've been heroic off the field. In June, Cassel's tight end Leonard Pope saved a boy from drowning.

Cassel played in just nine games last season before surgery on his throwing hand forced him to injured reserve in late November. Kansas City was 4-5 when he went down and the Chiefs finished the year 7-9 with Tyler Palko and Kyle Orton under center. A year after leading Kansas City to the AFC West title, head coach Todd Haley lost his job and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was named his successor.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're at it, add our RSS Feed.
Comments

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:48 pm
 

SuperFriends Live Version

Form of... and MVP QB!  Shape of.... am offensive juggernaut!   Of course, these guys will need a real RB next year with the #1 guy done for the next 12 months, but it seems like the way karma works lately these guys just may be the AFC west champs next year.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:41 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

the chiefs quarterback matt cassell is a good guy. he does good things in the community. he is a good family man. the only thing is he is just an average quarterback. the chiefs are a 1 2 3 punt and a cloud of dut team run the ball, have a good defense.  boring for a tm like that cassell will never go very far in the playoff, if he ever gets there. i would draft somebody or try to convince orton to stay. 



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:19 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

There was nothing fluky about Cassel's 2008. He's a good quarterback who can succeed if surrounded by competitive players in the other skill positions. KC hasn't had that in 15 years, you can't begin to blame that on Cassel.

Nice kid doing the right thing. 



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:44 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

Matt's actions are laudable.

But I don't think anyone who has followed this kid's career is going to be at all surprised by this story. That's just who he has always seemed to be. Which, by the way, is even more laudable. Is there any higher praise you can give someone than to say that you aren't surprised they'd help a neighbor in need?



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:28 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

He can save people from burning houses. The main problem is that is a terrible starting QB who had a a fluky year and a franchise in decline for years who signed him. KC will be terrible for years to come!!!!
The guy does something truly fantastic and you belittle him.  What an ass you are!!!



Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 5:52 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

He can save people from burning houses. The main problem is that is a terrible starting QB who had a a fluky year and a franchise in decline for years who signed him. KC will be terrible for years to come!!!!



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 5:43 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

Cassel seems like a pretty stand up guy so this is not a shock.  Hopefully he can shock me and win a playoff game next year!  Kidding.  Nice job Matt.



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 5:24 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

God Bless



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:41 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

This is a really nice story to see about a pro athlete doing something positive off of the field! We see so many negative stories about some knucklehead doing something stupid that you almost expect to see a different one everyday. Glad to see Matt Cassel helping to save his neighbor.  



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:41 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

glad he was there to help her!  we need more positive stories like this in the press!


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com