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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.

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Comments

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:39 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

Nice to see stories about an athlete doing something positive and helping out off of the field.



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:44 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

A real good neighbor.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:43 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

The Chiefs are getting quite a bit of karma...



Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:22 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

Stop watching ESPN unless it's an actual game.  It makes things much more enjoyable.  ESPN is just as much pathetic gossip as TMZ.



Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:14 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

Very nice story!
I'm wondering how Ben would act if this happened in his neighborhood in Pittsburgh? I'm guessing he wouldn't lift a finger.
I used to enjoy sports a whole lot more than I do now..I think its all the Social Media, ESPN 1,2,3,4......., and 24 hour news.
Back in the day..15 years ago....fans would wonder what the athletes were like off of the field...now that we know..I think its better that we dont!  LOL



Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:00 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

maybe this is the real reason you were pick up by the Chiefs.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:55 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

Nice to see this story reported. The sad thing is hardly anyone will acknowledge this story. They will be to busy badmouthing someone for essing his opinion that you do not agree with politically or piling more dirt on a dead man's grave. What a sorry group amongst our society. No wonder our country is in the political shape it is in. These are the mindless clowns that are helping elect our public officials. 



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:32 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

These "feel good" pieces may not be super ratings getting eye candy but among the sex scandals, drug busts, violence outbreaks and just general prima dona whining we hear from most pro athletes its good to once in awhile have a piece that shows hey some of them really are members of their community as well...Matt you may say you're not a hero and I will stop short of calling you that I agree the real heroes were the fire fighters, police, emergency responders on the scene but as far as a good sumaritan goes I'm sure the woman is grateful so Thank you Matt for at least allowing the press one story that shows some athletes are real people too. 




Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

Patriot fans are still proud of you. Way to go Matt!!!



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:19 pm
 

Chiefs Matt Cassel helps woman escape house fire

Nice!


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