Talk about having a teammate’s back… Carolina Panthers Ben Hartsock said his teammate and fellow veteran tight end Jeremy Shockey saved his life when he chocked on a piece of pork tenderloin.
According to the National Football Post, “He started to go to the bathroom, and I don’t know if he collapsed, but he couldn’t breathe,” Hartsock’s agent Mike McCartney said. “Some new guy came and tried to give him the Heimlich. It didn’t work. Then, Shockey hit him in the back pretty hard and out came the meat. The Panthers told me it was really scary.”
“He said to me a little while ago, ‘I really hope this doesn’t get out, but if it does, it’s going to be a funny story.’ “
It looks like Cam Newton will be going from $100,000 man to Hard Knocks… the Carolina Panthers are the lead candidate to be featured on the new season of Hard Knocks. The HBO original series chronicles an NFL team’s training camp and upcoming season preparations. Panthers center Ryan Kalil tweeted, “Reliable source telling me possible reality sports doc TV series coming to NC after today’s media presence covering Panther POTA’s.”
This season is especially competitive because of the NFL lockout. Despite other teams’ interest, including the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos, the Panthers are said to be the front runner because of first overall draft pick Newton. Already proclaiming himself as an entertainer and icon, Newton is no stranger to controversy, after reports surfaced that Newton accepted money to play college football at Auburn.